How to Register a death in Lewisham + Free Guide

Register a Death in Lewisham

Register a Death in Lewisham: How To.

A death in Lewisham, as anywhere in England and Wales, needs to be registered in the district where it happened.  You might find the video about registering a death on the home page useful before you read on.  Should you need a family undertaker, click this link.

You’ll need to contact the relevant Registrar of Deaths.
If it’s hard to get to the district where the person died, it is possible to any other register office in England or Wales. There, you can “make a declaration” which will be forwarded to the correct district. But this does slow things down for the funeral.

For a death in Lewisham, an emergency only weekend service can be contacted make burial arrangements (only) at short notice for religious reasons. Ring 020 8314 6000.

You may wish to download our free guide after a death in Lewisham.  Click the link.

Who should register a death in Lewisham?

A relative, anyone present at the death and the person who is arranging the funeral (this does not include the funeral director).

Others can register the death in Lewisham in certain circumstance. For advice please contact the Registrar of Deaths in Lewisham on 020 8690 2128

Download our free Guide “What to do on Death

Information your will need to register a death in Lewisham.

The Lewisham registrar of deaths will interview you privately. The registrar will need the following information about the deceased:

  • Date and place of death.
  • Full name and surname plus maiden surname, if appropriate.
  • Date and place of birth.
  • Occupation.
  • Usual address.
  • (If appropriate) the name, occupation and date of birth of the surviving spouse/partner
  • Whether the deceased was getting a pension or other state benefits.

Documents you will need to bring when registering a death in Lewisham:

  • The medical certificate is vital. Nothing can be done without it. If the coroner is involved, the coroner’s officers will advise you how to proceed.
  • Details of any pension or allowance.

Documents you will receive when you have registered a death in Lewisham:

  • A ‘green form’, without which the funeral cannot proceed.
  • A form for social security purposes.

You can buy death certificates for £4 each ONLY on the day you register. Death certificates are essential to be deal with property, pensions, insurance and bank accounts so do order plenty. They will cost more later.

Save time with Lewisham’s Just Once service

After you register a death in Lewisham, the Registrar can to talk to Council and other public services to close the deceased person’s accounts. For example, to:

  • stop state pensions
  • stop housing benefits
  • Jobseekers’ Allowance and other benefits
  • cancel the person’s passport and driving licence
  • remove the deceased from the electoral register.

To use the Just Once service, bring the death certificate and tell the Registrar the deceased’s National Insurance number and date of birth. The Registrar will sort the rest.
Additionally, the Registrar can tell the UK Border Agency about the deceased’s passport and the DVLA about their driving licence. To cancel them the Registrar will need the passport and driving licence numbers.

To register a death in Lewisham contact:

The Register Office, 368 Lewisham High Street SE13 6LQ
Tel: 020 8690 2128 Fax: 020 8314 1078 Email: register.office@lewisham.gov.uk

Register a death in Lewisham