North East Lincolnshire Council

Register a death

Please accept our sincere condolences on your loss. We realise that this is a very difficult time for you.

A death which has taken place within North East Lincolnshire should be registered with us and by law, must be registered within five days.

Here you will find information and guidance to help you through the registration process.

Who can register?

The following persons have a legal obligation to register a death:

  • A close relative of the deceased
  • A person present at the death
  • A person arranging the funeral (NOT a funeral director but the person instructing them)

In certain circumstances other people may be allowed to register a death. Please contact a registrar for advice on 01472 326295 – option 1.

Where and when you can register a death

The Register Office, Cleethorpes Town Hall, Knoll Street, Cleethorpes, DN35 8LN

Monday to Friday 9 am to 4 pm (except bank holidays) – by appointment only

Appointments to register deaths may be made by telephoning 01472 326295 – option 1

Please note: if the registrars are busy or currently on the telephone you will be given the opportunity to leave a message and a registrar will return your call at the earliest opportunity

What documents do I need to register a death?

The following information is required:

  • Full name and surname of the deceased
  • Date and place of birth
  • Occupation (even if retired)
  • Usual address
  • If the deceased was married / widowed / civil partner; the full name and occupation of the husband / wife / civil partner
  • If the deceased was married or leaves a surviving civil partner, the date of birth of that person

You will need to bring a medical certificate of cause of death; the Doctor who has been in medical attendance will issue this. If the death has been referred to HM Coroner, the Coroner’s Officer will advise you what to do. If you are unsure, contact a registrar.

If you are able to locate the deceased’s medical card, please bring that with you when you attend at the register office. If you cannot find it, don’t delay registering and please, do not worry, the registrar will be able to continue the registration without the medical card.

It can be helpful to bring birth and marriage certificates relating to the deceased with you but it is not essential.

If the deceased was in receipt of a pension from public funds e.g; Civil Service or HM Forces please bring details with you and tell the registrar.

You will receive these documents after registration – free of charge

  • A certificate for burial or cremation (green form) – this is required by the funeral director
  • A certificate of registration of death (white form) – this certificate is for social security (benefits agency) purposes, usually referred to as a BD8

The following certificate is not issued free of charge

  • Certified copies of a death entry – available from the registrar and are generally referred to as ‘death certificates’. There is a fee charged for each certificate

If you purchase death certificates at the time you register, you will pay £4 for each certificate. These certificates may be required for banks, insurance companies, occupational pension schemes, Premium Bonds etc. It’s a good idea to consider how many certificates you may require before you attend to register the death.

In an open register the certificate can be purchased for £7. Once the register is closed and in the custody of the superintendent registrar the cost is £10 for each certificate.

What if the death occurred outside of North East Lincolnshire?

You may make an appointment to attend at the above office but the registrar will not be able to issue you with any certificates as the death needs to be registered by the registrar in the district where it occurred. This will mean that the funeral cannot take place until the registrar (for the district where the death occurred) has issued the certificates.

The registrar for North East Lincolnshire can take all the particulars about the deceased and will arrange for these to be forwarded to the correct registrar.

Tell us once service

Tell us once is a service that lets you report a death to most government organisations in one go.

You will need a unique reference number to access the online service.

Still have a query?

If you are still unsure as to what to do, please do not hesitate to telephone the register office on 01472 326295 – option 1 – and speak to a registrar who will be able to assist you.

More services

Cruse bereavement care – somewhere to turn when someone dies

Gov.uk – what to do after someone dies

Registration and Celebratory Service, Cleethorpes Town Hall, Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire, DN35 8LN

Email: register.office@nelincs.gov.uk

Telephone: 01472 326295 – option 2

Opening times: Monday to Friday 9 am to 4 pm except bank holidays

Access for wheelchair users is available to the rear of Cleethorpes Town Hall