When the person who has died has been seen by a doctor within 14 days prior to their death, this is the usual procedure for registering their death.
The death will need to be registered within 5 days, and should be done at a registration office in the area (usually the county) where the death occurred. It is possible for deaths to be registered at offices in other parts of the country (a process known as registration by declaration), but experience has shown us that this can be a long and protracted procedure and is really only viable when travel is impossible.
It will be essential to make an appointment to register, so here are some links to the county registration services for Devon, Somerset and Dorset:
Central booking phone number for Devon Registration Service: 0345 155 1002
Central booking phone number for Somerset Registration Service: 01823 282251
Who can register a death?
What you will need to take with you:
The following documents are also helpful but not essential:
Information that the registrar will need to know:
The deceased's full name (and maiden name if applicable)
Date and place of birth
Date and place of death
Their usual address
Details of Husband,Wife or Civil Partner (full name, date of birth and occupation)
If they were in receipt of a pension
Details of the person registering the death (name and relationship)
The Registrar will issue you with the following documents:
Through the ‘Tell Us Once’ scheme, the registrar can also deal with notifying the following agencies:
Personal Taxation (HMRC)
IF THE CORONER IS INVOLVED
If the death is referred to a Coroner , different procedures will often apply. We will help to liaise with the coroner's office and let you know what you will need to do in each individual case.
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