Registering a death

When Does The Death Need To Be Registered?

Normally within 5 days unless the Coroner is investigating the circumstances relating to the death. This 5 day period may be extended to 14 days in certain circumstances


What Documents Do I Bring To The Register Office?

  • The medical certificate of cause of death issued by the doctor treating the person who has died.
    This is essential - the Registrar can do nothing without it.
    (If the Coroner is involved, the Coroner's Office will advise you what to do).
  • The deceased person's birth certificate or passport (if available) can be helpful.
  • The deceased person's medical card (don't worry if this is not available).

What Documents Will I Receive?

  • A 'Green Form' which enables you to arrange the funeral
    (If the Coroner is involved different procedures may apply).
  • You will also be given a form for Social Security purposes.
  • Certified copies of the entry ("death certificates") can also be obtained upon payment of the statutory fee.

Where Must The Death Be Registered?

The death must be registered in the District Register Office for the area in which it occurred.


For Wellington this is


Register Office                                                 
The Old Municipal Buildings
Corporation Street
For The Area Of

Telephone: 01823 282251

Fax: 01823 351173



For Tiverton area this is


Mid Devon Registration Office

The Great House
1 St Peter Street
EX16 6NE

Telephone :  0845 155 1002

email :


For Exeter this is

Registration Of Births Deaths Marriages & Civil Partnerships
Exeter Register Office
Castle Street

Telephone: 01392 284230