When someone dies, their doctor usually issues relatives with a medical certificate which shows the cause of death. You should take this certificate with you when you go to the Register Office.
Registering the death at the Register Office will take about 40 minutes. We see people by appointment so that they are not usually waiting any longer than necessary.
You can make an appointment by contacting the Register Office on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01724 298555. All our appointments are at the Civic Centre in Scunthorpe.
You will be given a time for your appointment and we will explain exactly what documents and information are needed.
If you are unable to attend the register office, we can, in certain circumstances, arrange to visit a Local Link office near to where you live to complete the registration. Please ask when you make the appointment.
If you have them (but don't worry if you haven't) you can also take the deceased's:
- Birth certificate
- Marriage or civil partnership certificate
- NHS medical card
If you use the Tell Us Once service, we will tell you what else to bring.
You will be seen privately and the registrar will ask you:
- The person's full name at the time of death
- Any names previously used, for example a maiden name
- The person’s date and place of birth
- Their last address
- Their occupation
- The full name, date of birth and occupation of a surviving or late spouse or civil partner
The information is entered on to a computer and you will be asked to check the register page before it is signed. Once the death has been registered, you will be given the following forms free of charge:
- A Certificate for Burial or Cremation (the ‘green form’) – this allows the burial or cremation to go ahead
- A Certificate of Registration of Death (form BD8) - you may need to fill this out and return it to the Department of Work and Pensions if the person was getting a State Pension or benefits