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Registering a death

Information to be supplied for the registration of a death

The registrar will need:

  • Date and place of death
  • Name and surname of the deceased
  • Maiden surname, if the deceased was a woman who had married
  • Date and place of birth
  • Occupation
  • Name and occupation of spouse/civil partner, where the deceased was married or had a civil partnership.
  • Usual address
  • Whether the deceased was in receipt of a pension or allowance from public funds
  • If the deceased was married or had a civil partner, the date of birth of the surviving widow, widower or civil partner.

The deceased's medical card, if available, should also be given to the registrar.

It is most important that the information recorded in the death register is correct. If any mistake is made, for example in the spelling of a name or surname or in the description of the occupation, it will give the relative or other person who registered the death some trouble in putting it right. The person registering the death should check the information in the register very carefully before the entry is signed.

If English is not the first language of the relative or other person registering the death and help is needed, it would be helpful for someone else to go with them to the registrar's office and act as interpreter. However, the relative or other person must register the death personally as a helper cannot register for them.

When you register the death with the Registrar, the registrar will provide you with information of how you can let other government organisations know about the death, so that you do not have to repeat information.

You can telephone the information through at a later date to the Department of Work and Pensions, quoting a unique number which is given to you when you register the death with the Registrar. The contact number for the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) is 0800 085 7308. The lines are open Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm. This number is free to call from a BT landline, but other providers, including mobile phone providers, may charge you. If you do not speak English one of the DWP advisors will get an interpreter to call you back and help you.

If you decide to use this service at a late date the following organisations will be notified on your behalf:

  • The Department for Work and Pensions - The Pension, Disability and Carers Service and Job Centre Plus
  • HM Revenue and Customs - Child Benefit, Tax Credit & Working Tax Credit
  • Identity and Passport Service
  • Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)
  • Council services - Blue badge services, libraries, Adult Services, Children's Services, housing benefit, council tax payments, electoral services.

This list can change and the most updated list is held on the GOV.UK bereavement website.

The information you give will be treated securely and confidentially. The organisations contacted will use the information to update records; to end services, benefits and credits as needed; and to resolve any outstanding issues. They may use this information in other ways, but only as the law allows.

 

Register office

Telephone: Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm

Email: registeroffice@coventry.gov.uk

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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