North East Lincolnshire Council

Register a death

All death registrations will now be conducted over the telephone. Your GP or hospital will scan the necessary documents directly to the Registrar, along with your contact details. You will then be contacted by a Registrar who will take the relevant information.

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

Register a death

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.

How to register a death

All death registrations will now be conducted over the telephone. Your GP or hospital will scan the necessary documents directly to the Registrar, along with your contact details. You will then be contacted by a Registrar who will take the relevant information.

Documents you 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 for example 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 £11 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.

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.

Further information

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.

Register a stillbirth

Details of how to do this can be found on How to register a stillbirth.

Cruse bereavement care – somewhere to turn when someone dies

GOV.UK – what to do after someone dies

Registrars, 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 9am to 4pm, except bank holidays

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