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Southwark Register Office

Register a Death in Southwark Register Office

Before visiting Southwark Register Office you might find the video about registering a death on the home page useful first.  Should you need a family undertaker, click this link.

Southwark register office is open:

Monday to Friday: 9.30am to 4pm

Southwark Register Office, 34 Peckham Road, LONDON SE5 8QA.

Phone: 020 7525 7651   Fax: 020 7525 7652  registrars@southwark.gov.uk

Before you contact the Southwark Register Office, why not watch the helpful video on the home page, if you haven’t yet seen it.

You might also want to download our factsheet which will give you the information you will need to give to the Southwark Register Office.

Where and when must I register the death in Southwark?

When a person dies in Southwark, the death must be registered with the Southwark Register Office within 5 days at most.  If the coroner is involved it may take longer and you should ask the Coroners Officers.

Once you have gathered the necessary information and documents, make an appointment with the Southwark Register Office to register the death.

It is possible to register the death at any other register office in England or Wales by “declaration”.   All registrants must hand over a medical certificate showing the cause of death. The necessary paperwork will be then be sent by post to the Southwark Register Office (if that is where the death occurred) from where the death certificates and funeral authorisation will be issued.  This may well result in a delay before the funeral can take place.

Who can register a death at Southwark Register Office?

  • a relative of the deceased
  • an adult present at the death
  • the person who employs the undertaker and arranges the funeral.

Information the Southwark Register Office will need at the time of registration

(If you have downloaded our factsheet above, you will already have this information in printable form.)

Once you have given the Southwark Register Office the necessary information, you can sign the register and the Registrar can print off the death certificate, compile statistics of deaths in Southwark and forward pension details to the Department of Social Services.

You need to provide:

  • medical certificate of death issued by a doctor, unless a coroner is involved
  • when and where the death happened
  • the full name and usual address of the deceased.
  • the person’s maiden name in the case of a married woman
  • the deceased person’s date and place of birth
  • the deceased’s occupation
  • if the deceased person was a married woman or a widow, her husband’s name and occupation.
  • whether the person had a pension or allowance from government funds.
  • if the deceased person was married, the date of birth of the surviving widower or widow.
  • the deceased’s medical card.

Do I have to pay the Southwark Register Office?

No: you just pay for extra death certificates – order plenty as they are more expensive later, and you will need more than you expect.

The Southwark Registrar will give you the Social Security notification form and the Certificate you will need to allow the funeral to go ahead.

Southwark Register Office.