Register a death

A death usually needs to be registered within 5 days. If the coroner is involved this may be extended, the Coroner's office will be able to give you guidance.

How do I register a death?

You can use the GOV.UK register a death tool to find out exactly what you need to do.

It provides information on

  • who can register a death
  • the documents and information needed to register a death
  • the documents you will receive

Make an appointment at Hartlepool Register Office

If the death took place in Hartlepool you can complete the registration at our office.

If the death took place elsewhere in England or Wales you can attend our office to complete a declaration; this will then be sent to the relevant register office for the death to be registered. The paperwork will then be issued by the relevant district; as this could cause a delay with the funeral we do advise that it is best to attend an appointment in the district where the death occurred.

For further information or to make an appointment call 01429 523337 

How much does it cost?

There is no fee to register a death. 

If the death took place in Hartlepool the registrar will give you the documents you will need to arrange a funeral in England and Wales, there is no fee for this paperwork. You can purchase death certificates at the time of registration. 

Certificate fees

Tell Us Once

When someone dies there are several government organisations that need to be told. The ‘Tell Us Once’ service allows you to report a death to most government organisations in one go.

You will be told what information and documents we will require if you would like to use the 'Tell Us Once' service when you contact us to make an appointment. 

Find out about more about 'Tell Us Once'.