Registering Death in Hampshire –
For a death in Hampshire, you will need to register the death at a Registration Office in the district where it occurred within 5 days, unless there are exceptional circumstances or the Coroner is performing a post mortem (which is quite common). You would probably find it helpful to watch the video on our home page before reading the rest.
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But back to registering a death in Hampshire:
It usually takes no more than 30 minutes to register, but you do need to make an appointment to register a death in Hampshire.
The death should usually be registered by a close relative.
- An ex-wife/ex-husband does not qualify as a ‘relative of the deceased’.
- If there are no relatives, it is possible for someone else to register. Perhaps a person who was present at the death, the owner or manager of the care home or hospital where death occurred. Alternatively the person making the arrangements with the Funeral Director.
- An Executor does not automatically qualify in their own right to register a death.
Make an appointment to register a death in Hampshire.
You can make an appointment at any of the Registration Offices in Hampshire, by calling 0845 603 5637.
Phones are answered Monday to Friday 8 am – 8 pm and Saturday 9.30 am – 4 pm.
If you can’t get to a registration office in Hampshire, you can make a death declaration at any Registration Office in England and Wales. It will then be sent to the appropriate registration office covering the area where the death occurred. The death certificates, pension form and green form allowing the funeral director to carry out funeral arrangements will be sent to you by post. This usually takes a week or so and consequently may cause a delay in holding the funeral.
Deaths in Southampton or Portsmouth
The Tips which accompany our Guide will also tell you what you need to take with you when registering a death in Hampshire which covers the following towns:
- Bishops Waltham
- Chandlers Ford.
- Hayling Island
- Lee on the Solent
- New Forest