Register Death East Sussex

How To Register Death East Sussex

Register a death in East Sussex: there are four offices at which you can register – Crowborough, Brighton, Eastbourne and Lewes Registry Offices.  Before you register a death in East Sussex, take a moment to order our FREE Tips and Free Guide to Probate which should make life easier and less expensive – HERE.   There is also a free sheet on how to register death. And don’t forget to watch the video on how to register death in East Sussex and more on our home page.  You might find the video about registering a death on the home page useful first.

The core opening hours of registration offices in East Sussex are 9 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday.  Some offices may offer appointments outside these hours. Contact the office concerned for further details. You are strongly advised to make an appointment before for your visit, to be sure of being seen.  However, you really should read the rest of this page to make sure your trip is not wasted:

How and Where to Register Death East Sussex when the death was expected.

If the death was expected, contact the doctor who attended the deceased during their final illness. If the doctor can certify the cause of death he or she will give you the following items:

  • Medical Certificate – that shows the cause of death
    (this is free of charge and will be in a sealed envelope addresses to the registrar).
  • Formal Notice – that states that the doctor has signed the Medical Certificate and tells you how to get the death registered.

Register death East Sussex

You may wish to contact the deceased’s minister of religion if you have not already done so. Arrangements for the funeral may be made by a funeral director.

If the death followed illness from HIV or AIDS there may be special rules for handling the body. The following organisations can advise on funeral arrangements:

  • London Lighthouse
  • FACTS Health Centre
  • Terence Higgins Trust

Register Death East Sussex – when it is unexpected.

If you discover a body or the death is sudden or unexpected, you should contact the following people:

  • The family doctor (if known).
  • The deceased’s nearest relative.
  • The deceased’s minister of religion.
  • The police, who will help to find the people listed above if necessary.

If there is any reason to suspect that the death was not due to natural causes, do not touch or remove anything in the room. The death may be referred to the coroner. The doctor may ask the relatives for permission to carry out a post-mortem examination. This is a medical examination of the body which can find out more about the cause of death and should not delay the funeral.

Reporting A Death in East Sussex To A Coroner.

In any of the following circumstances the doctor may report the death to the coroner.

  • an accident or injury.
  • an industrial disease.
  • during a surgical operation.
  • before recovery from anaesthetic.
  • if the cause of death is unknown.
  • the death was sudden or unexpected.

You will be advised if the death has to be reported to the Coroner, in which case the death cannot be registered nor the funeral take place, without the Coroner’s authorisation. Where the death is reported to the Coroner, the Coroner’s Office will contact the relatives.

A Coroner can order a post-mortem examination without getting the relative’s permission. This will ascertain the cause of death. He may also wish to hold an investigation into the circumstances leading up to the death (this is called an inquest). When an inquest is called, the Coroner’s Office will contact the relatives. This should not cause undue stress as it is a legal formality.

In such cases the Death Certificate will be issued direct to you from the Coroner’s Office and the relatives must then go to the East Sussex Registrar to register the death. When an inquest is to be held, the death cannot be registered until the conclusion of the inquest, but a certificate will normally be issued at the opening of the inquest to allow the funeral to take place.

When Does An East Sussex Death Need To Be Registered?

Normally within 5 days unless the Coroner is investigating the circumstances relating to the death. This 5 day period may be extended to 14 days in certain circumstances.

Who Must Register The Death in East Sussex?

People with legal responsibility to register include:

  • A relative
  • A person present at the death.
  • The occupier of the premises where the death occurred if he/she knew of it happening.
  • The person arranging the funeral. This does NOT mean the funeral director.
    (See also the list on the Notice to Informants attached to the Doctor’s medical certificate of cause of death).

What Documents Do I Bring To The East Sussex Register Office?

  • The medical certificate of cause of death issued by the doctor treating the person who has died.
    This is essential – the Registrar can do nothing without it.
    (If the Coroner is involved, the Coroner’s Office will advise you what to do).
  • The deceased person’s birth certificate or passport (if available) can be helpful.
  • The deceased person’s medical card (don’t worry if this is not available).

What Questions Will The East Sussex Registrar Ask Me?

The Registrar will interview you in private and will need to know the following information.

  • The date and place of death.
  • The full name and surname, and maiden name if the person who has died was a married woman.
  • The occupation and, if the deceased person was a married woman or widow, the full name of her husband.
  • The usual address.
  • If the person who died was married, the date of birth of the surviving spouse.
  • Whether the person who has died was receiving a pension from public funds.

The East Sussex Registrar will enter all these details in a computer and will then give you the opportunity to check that they are correct. The information will then be written into a register. This is the ‘original’ legal record and you should check it through very carefully before signing it, as any mistakes discovered later on may be difficult to correct.

What Documents Will I Receive from the East Sussex Registrar?

  • A ‘Green Form’ which enables you to arrange the funeral
    (If the Coroner is involved different procedures may apply).
  • You will also be given a form for Social Security purposes.
  • Certified copies of the entry (“death certificates”) can also be obtained upon payment of the statutory fee.

Where to register the death in East Sussex:

Register a death at Crowborough Registration Office

Beaconwood, Beacon Road, Crowborough, East Sussex TN6 1AR.
See a map of this address

Phone: 01892 653803 Fax: 01892 669884
Email: crowborough.registrar@eastsussex.gov.uk.

Register a death at Eastbourne Registration Office                                               Town Hall, Grove Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN21 4UG.                                                See a map of this address  Phone: 01323 415053 Fax: 01323 431386                                        Email: eastbourne.registrar@eastsussex.gov.uk

Register a death at Hastings Registration Office
Summerfields, Bohemia Road, Hastings, East Sussex TN34 1EX
See a map of this address. Phone: 01424 721722 Fax: 01424 465296                             Email: hastings.registrar@eastsussex.gov.uk.

Register a death at Lewes Registration Office
Southover Grange, Southover Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1TP
See a map of this address.  Phone: 01273 475589 Fax: 01273 488073                            Email: lewes.registrar@eastsussex.gov.uk.

Although you are not required to register a death locally, it is much quicker if you do, as otherwise all the documents have to be sent to the Registrar in the district where the person died, who will then be able to issue the certificates, including the one which authorises the funeral to go ahead.

The East Sussex Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths covers the following towns:

  • Alciston
    Alfriston
    Arlington
    Ashburnham Place
    Baldslow.
    Barcombe
    Barcombe Cross
    Battle
    Beckley
    Beddingham
    Bells Yew Green
    Berwick.
    Best Beech Hill
    Bexhill
    Birling Gap
    Bishopstone
    Blackboys
    Blackham.
    Boarshead
    Boarzell
    Bodiam
    Bodle Street Green
    Boreham Street
    Brambletye.
    Brede
    Brightling
    Broad Oak
    Broadland Row
    Broadoak
    Bulverhythe
    Burlow
    Burwash.
    Burwash Common
    Burwash Weald
    Butcher’s Cross
    Buxted
    Cackle Street
    Cade Street.
    Camber
    Catsfield
    Chailey
    Chalvington
    Chapel Cross
    Chelwood Gate
    Chiddingly
    Cliff End.
    Coggins Mill
    Coleman’s Hatch
    Cooden
    Cooksbridge
    Cooper’s Corner
    Cousley Wood.
    Cowbeech
    Cripp’s Corner
    Cross in Hand
    Crowborough
    Crowhurst
    Dallington
    Danehill.
    Denton
    Ditchling
    Duddleswell
    Durgates
    East Blatchington
    East Chiltington
    East Dean.
    East Guldeford
    East Hoathly
    Eastbourne
    Eridge Green
    Etchingham
    Ewhurst
    Fairlight
    Fairlight Cove.
    Fairwarp
    Falmer
    Five Ash Down
    Five Ashes
    Fletching
    Flimwell
    Folkington
    Forest Row..
    Foul Mile
    Four Oaks
    Foxhunt Green
    Framfield
    Frant
    Friar’s Gate
    Friday Street
    Friston.
    Glynde
    Glyndebourne
    Golden Cross
    Groombridge
    Guestling Green
    Guestling Thorn
    Hadlow Down
    Hailsham
    Halland.
    Hammerwood
    Hampden Park
    Hamsey
    Hankham
    Hartfield.
    Hartwell
    Hastings
    Heathfield
    Hellingly
    Henley’s Down
    Heron’s Ghyll
    Herstmonceux.
    High Hurstwood
    Hollington
    Holtye Common
    Holywell
    Hooe
    Hooe Common
    Horam
    Horns Cross.
    Hurst Green
    Icklesham
    Iden
    Iford
    Isfield
    Jarvis Brook
    Jevington.
    John’s Cross
    Kent Street
    Kingston near Lewes
    Langney
    Laughton.
    Lealands
    Lewes
    Litlington
    Little Common
    Little Horsted
    Little London
    Lower Dicker
    Lower Horsebridge
    Lower Street
    Lunsford’s Cross.
    Magham Down
    Maresfield
    Mark Cross
    Mayfield
    Maynard’s Green
    Millcorner.
    Mountfield
    Muddles Green
    Netherfield
    New Town
    Newhaven.
    Newick
    Ninfield
    Norman’s Bay
    North Chailey
    Northiam.
    Nutley
    Offham
    Ore
    Oxley’s Green
    Peacehaven
    Peasmarsh.
    Penhurst
    Pett
    Pevensey
    Pevensey Bay
    Piddinghoe.
    Playden
    Plumpton
    Plumpton Green
    Polegate
    Ponts Green.
    Pound Green
    Poundgate
    Punnett’s Town
    Ridgewood
    Ringles Cross
    Ringmer
    Ripe.
    Robertsbridge
    Rodmell
    Rotherfield
    Rushlake Green
    Rye
    Rye Foreign
    Rye Harbour
    Salehurst
    Seaford.
    Sedlescombe
    Selmeston
    Sharpthorne
    Sheffield Green
    Shortgate.
    Shover’s Green
    Sidley
    Silver Hill.
    South Common
    South Heighton
    South Malling
    South Street
    Southease.
    Sparrow’s Green
    Spithurst
    St Helen’s
    St Leonards
    Staple Cross.
    Steel Cross
    Stone Cross
    Stonebridge
    Stonegate
    Streat.
    Stunts Green
    Swiftsden
    Tarring Neville
    Telham
    Telscombe.
    Telscombe Cliffs
    The Dicker
    Three Cups Corner
    Three Leg Cross
    Ticehurst
    Tidebrook.
    Town Row
    Uckfield
    Udimore
    Upper Dicker
    Upper Hartfield
    Upper Horsebridge
    Vine’s Cross.
    Vinehall Street
    Wadhurst
    Waldron
    Wannock
    Warbleton
    Wartling
    West Firle.
    Westdean
    Westfield
    Westfield Moor
    Westham
    Westmeston
    Whatlington
    Whitesmith
    Willingdon.
    Wilmington
    Winchelsea
    Winchelsea Beach
    Windmill Hill
    Witherenden Hill
    Withyham
    Wivelsfield
    Wivelsfield Green
    Wych Cross.

    Postcodes in Eat Sussex:

  • BN1
    BN10
    BN20
    BN21
    BN22
    BN23
    BN24
    BN25
    BN26
    BN27
    BN6
    BN7
    BN8
    BN9
    RH17
    RH18
    RH19
    TN19
    TN20
    TN21
    TN22
    TN3
    TN31
    TN32
    TN33
    TN34
    TN35.
    TN36
    TN37
    TN38
    TN39
    TN40
    TN5.
    TN6
    TN7
    TN8

How and Where to Register a Death East Sussex.