Register a Death in Kensington & Chelsea.
A death in Kensington & Chelsea must be registered within five days, longer when the Coroner has to be consulted. If you have any concerns, please do ring the Kensington & Chelsea Register Office Register Office for advice. You might find the video about registering a death on the home page useful first. Should you need a family undertaker, click this link. For Kensington and Chelsea probate help go here.Probate help with Probate
Where do I register a death in Kensington & Chelsea?
Any death in Kensington & Chelsea must be registered by the Kensington & Chelsea Registrar. This can be done at Chelsea Old Town Hall or at any other Register Office in England or Wales. The actual registration will still be carried out by the Kensington & Chelsea Registrar.
Register a death in Kensington & Chelsea personally.
To register a death in Kensington & Chelsea you don’t need an appointment: just visit the Registrars office between 9.00 and 16.00 Monday to Friday and wait for a Registrar to become free. You can book an appointment if you prefer.
Register a death in Kensington & Chelsea elsewhere by declaration.
You can contact and then visit any other Register Office in England or Wales to register by ‘Death Declaration’. The Registrar who sees you will record the necessary information and pass the details to the Registrar at Chelsea by post for formal registration of any death in Kensington & Chelsea.
A Death certificate is the authority allowing the funeral director to go ahead will be sent to you by post, which obviously means two lots of postal delay. Death certificates are £4 each at the time of registration (more later). Copies can only be obtained from the Kensington & Chelsea Registrar, not from the office you attended. It is advisable to order multiple copies as they will need to be sent to each institution in turn. If you decide to register elsewhere, please ring the Register Office at Chelsea first.
Remember that you have a legal obligation to register the death within five days.
Who is able to register the death in Kensington & Chelsea?
The death in Kensington & Chelsea must be registered by a “qualified informant” who must be one of the following:
1) A relative, usually the nearest one (near in terms of relationship, not distance).
2) A person present at the death in Kensington & Chelsea.
3) The person instructing the undertaker.
Unusually, another person may qualify to act as informant. Contact the Kensington & Chelsea Registrar if in doubt. NB an executor is not automatically entitled to register a death in Kensington & Chelsea unless they are also arranging the funeral.
If English is not your usual language and you need help with the registration, please do ask a relative or friend to come with you to register a death in Kensington & Chelsea. However the death must be registered by a qualified informant and a friend may not carry out the registration on your behalf.
What information does the Kensington & Chelsea Registrar need from you?
The Registrar will need you to bring the following documents:
1) ‘Medical Certificate of Cause of Death’ (from the doctor who certified death.)
If the Coroner is involved, the Registrar will need the Coroner’s document to register the death. The Coroners officer will tell you.
2) The deceased’s NHS card.
3) If possible, take the deceased’s passport, birth certificate and (if applicable) marriage certificate.
The Registrar will need to know the deceased’s:
1) Date and place of death.
2) Last (usual) address.
3) Full names and surnames (and previous names if any).
4) Date and place of birth (town and county if born in the UK, country if born overseas.)
5) Occupation plus name and occupation of their spouse, and of previous spouses (if any.)
6) Was there a pension or any allowance from the State.
7) If married, the date of birth of the surviving widow or widower.
8) Statistical information.
Documents provided by the Kensington & Chelsea Registrar.
You will receive the following free:
1) Certificate of Registration of Death (Form BD8) for Social Security purposes only. Read the information on the back of the certificate and if any of it applies, complete the certificate and send it your Social Security Office.
2) A Certificate for Burial or Cremation (Form 9) “the Green Form” which gives permission for the funeral to take place. The undertaker needs this form. In certain circumstances the Coroner may instead issue
i) an Order for Burial (Form 101) and
ii) a Certificate for Cremation (Form E).
A death certificate is actually a certified copy of the entry in the Register of Deaths. The Registrar will produce as many copies as you wish for the statutory fee currently £4 each at the time of registration. The ‘original’ is the actual entry in the register. Make sure you order enough, as they will be £10 afterwards.
If you go to another Register Office to make a death declaration, you will need to pay the £4 per copy then. The certificates will be sent from the Kensington & Chelsea Registrar once they have recorded the death.
If you have any questions, or would like to make an appointment, ring the Kensington & Chelsea Registrar on 020 7361 4100 9am – 4pm (Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays) or 9am to 7pm (Thursdays). The Registrar Chelsea Old Town Hall Kings Road, SW3 5EE. Where to find the Chelsea and Kensington Registrar.
If you would like professional advice on probate, or our free Guide to What to Do on a death in Kensington & Chelsea, click the link.