Register a Death in Wandsworth

Register a death a death in Wandsworth: who, how, where.

Before you read on about how to register a death in Wandsworth, if you haven’t already done so, please watch the video about how to register a death. Should you need a family undertaker, click this link.

Then print the Register a Death Factsheet.

Who can register a register a death in Wandsworth?

  •  a relative present at the death
  • a relative present during the last illness
  • a relative residing in Wandsworth
  • a person present at the death
  • the occupier of the premises if aware of the death happening or
  • the person arranging the funeral (but not the undertaker).

You can take along a relative or friend for support or translation, but only the “qualified” person many register a death in Wandsworth.

What will I need to bring with me to register a death in Wandsworth?

1.      The medical certificate issued by the doctor, unless the death has been referred to the Coroner. In that case, the Coroner’s Office will advise you what to do.

2.      If available, you should bring the deceased’s medical card but don’t worry if it cannot be found immediately. Arrangements can be made to send it on.

3.      The information on the factsheet above – print it out and fill it in (though it isn’t an official form, it will speed things up).

When to Register a death in Wandsworth?

You must register a death in Wandsworth within 5 days unless the Coroner is investigating it.

The death has to be registered in the registration district it took place in. If the death occurred in the Wandsworth district, then you should register the death at the Wandsworth Register Office. Though it is possible to go to another Registry Office and register by “declaration” it does slow things down. It risk delaying the funeral as the papers have to be posted to the correct Registrar who will then formally register the death before posting off the death certificates and funeral authorisation.

Registering a death at St George’s hospital

If the death was at St George’s hospital,  you MAY be able register it there on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Speak to the Bereavement Officer  who will advise you.

Making an appointment to Register a Death in Wandsworth.

Appointments are optional: call in  from 9am to 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday. Callers within thirty minutes.  Opening time is 10 am the last Wednesday of the month.

Saturday morning or an early morning appointments can be arranged from 8.30 am during the week.

To make an appointment : 020 8871 6120/1   Minicom line: 020 8871 8642 or

 Make an appointment online.

What happens when you see the Wandsworth registrar of deaths?

The Registrar will see you in private and ask you the questions indicated on our factsheet,  you will then be asked to check the information entered in the register carefully and to sign that it is correct.

You will need to bring

  • a medical certificate of cause of death issued by the doctor, unless the death has been referred to the Coroner. In that case, the Coroner’s Office will advise you.
  •  If possible the deceased’s medical card

You will need to provide the following information about the deceased:

  • full name and surname;
  • if applicable, any maiden surname;
  • if the person who has died was a married woman or a widow, the full names and occupation of her husband;
  • date and place of birth; and
  • occupation and usual address.
  • Information about any pension or allowance  from public funds if possible.

The deceased’s birth certificate will help you provide this information.

The Wandsworth Registrar of Deaths will give you:

  • A form which permits the funeral to go ahead. Separate procedures apply where the death has been referred to the Coroner.
  • A form Social Security purposes.
  • Any certified copies of the death certificate you require – order plenty as the executor will need them for Probate or Letters of Administration; bank and building society accounts; insurance companies;  dealing with any stocks and shares owned by the deceased; and application for tax rebate, if appropriate.  There are many other purposes for which a certified copy of the death certificate may be required.  Copies are much cheaper at the time..

What will it cost to Register a Death in Wandsworth?

The registration is free of charge, as is.the document allowing you to arrange the burial or cremation and the certificate for Social Security.

Copy death certificates (as at 7/12) are £4 each at the time, £10 later.

Wandsworth Register Office, The Town Hall Wandsworth High Street London SW18 2PU 020 8871 6120/1

Please do not hesitate to ring between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm Monday to Friday. Outside these hours, an answerphone service is in operation. For deaf people the Minicom line is 020 8871 8642. Outside office hours, messages can be left on this line.

If you would prefer to make a personal visit to the Register Office, then either come along between 9 am and 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday, or telephone for an appointment.

We do not open until 10 am the last Wednesday of each month.

Emergency help to Register a Death in Wandsworth.

For emergency help outside normal office hours (e.g. where a burial has to be completed within 24 hours because of religious beliefs), ring 020 8871 6900 and ask to be put in touch with the Superintendent Registrar.

Which Areas does the Wandsworth Registrar of Deaths Cover?

Areas of Wandsworth:

Balham   Battersea  Earlsfield   Furzedown   Nine Elms   Putney  Putney Heath

Putney Vale  Roehampton   Southfields  Streatham Park  Tooting   Tooting Bec

Upper Tooting  Wandsworth   West Hill

Postcode areas:  SW4 (part), SW8 (part), SW11 (all), SW12 (part), SW15 (part), SW16 (part), SW17 (part), SW18 (all), SW19 (part)

Register a death in Wandsworth