Registering a death

Who can register a death

The people who can register a death fall into two slightly different categories depending on whether the death happened in a house or hospital etc, or elsewhere:

Deaths in a house or hospital etc.

  • a relative of the deceased
  • someone present at the death
  • the occupier of the house or hospital if he or she knew of the death
  • another person living at the house if he or she knew of the death
  • the person making the arrangements with the funeral directors

Deaths elsewhere

  • a relative of the deceased
  • someone present at the death
  • someone who found the body
  • a person in charge of the body
  • the person making the arrangements with the funeral directors

Most deaths are registered by a relative of the deceased. The registrar would normally allow one of the other listed persons to register the death only if there were no relatives available.

Register office

Telephone: Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 024 7683 3141

Building opening times: 9.15am–4.30pm Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays)
Cheylesmore Manor House
Manor House Drive
Coventry
CV1 2ND

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