Register a death in Greenwich

How to Register a death in Greenwich.

(we recommend that you watch the video on how to register a death in Greenwich and then download our how to register a death in Greenwich which contains a checklist. Should you need a family undertaker, click this link.

Who can register a death in Greenwich.

A Death in Greenwich must be registered in person within 5 days.  However, if a dead body is found it is within 5 days following the day of discovery.

If, however, within 5 days of the death anyone who is required to give information sends the registrar written notice from the doctor in the prescribed form that a medical certificate has been signed, the period may be extended to up to 14 days.

Certain people have a legal duty to register a death in Greenwich.

In order they are as follows.

For a death in Greenwich in a house (including communal housing or hospitals):

  • a relative of the deceased.
  • a person present at the death.
  • the occupier of the house if he or she knew of the death.
  • any resident of the house if he or she knew of the death.
  • the person making arrangements for burial or cremation of the body.
  • A relative of the deceased.
  • A person present at the death.
  • A person who found the body.
  • A person in charge of the body or the person making arrangements for the funeral (but not the undertaker.)

Death in Greenwich elsewhere or dead bodies found:

This all applies if no inquest is to be held. If an inquest is held, the details will be taken from the coroner’s certificate by the registrar, so there will be no need for the family to register a death in Greenwich.

How to register a death in Greenwich

The hospital or the family doctor (if attending during the final days) issues a Certificate of Cause of Death will advise on which Register Office will handle the registration process.

If the death is in Greenwich it’s the Royal Greenwich Registrar who offers both a walk-in and appointment service to allow you to register a death in Greenwich. Ring or email the Greenwich Registrar of deaths to arrange an appointment and gather the necessary information – our download above will be helpful.

If the Coroner is involved Greenwich Registrar can’t register the death until any investigation is over.

To register a death in Greenwich, if the coroner has been involved, the Greenwich Registrar will need either:

  • Medical Certificate of Cause of Death, issued either from the hospital or attending doctor or
  • Form Part B from the Coroner’s office.

Legally, the death must be registered within five days of either of these documents being issued.

What the Registrar needs to know to register a death in Greenwich

( See our download.)

The Medical Certificate of Cause of Death will have important information for the Registrar. The Registrar will require further information about the deceased:

  • their date of birth
  • where they were born
  • their occupation
  • their address
  • your name and address (as the person reporting the death).

For married women, they’ll also need to know:

  • her name before she was married
  • her husband’s (or late husband’s) date of birth
  • her husband’s (or late husband’s) occupation.

Obtaining death certificates on the day of registration: the Greenwich Registrar can issue copies of this for £4 each at the time of registration.  You can buy as many certificates as you need at then time of registration. Afterwards they are £10 each so get several spare certificates to save you both time and money.

Contact the Greenwich Registrar:

Births, Deaths and Marriages,
Woolwich Town Hall,
Wellington Street
London SE18 6PW.Opening Times: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

020 8921 5015   registrar@greenwich.gov.uk

Register a death in Greenwich.