After a death has been registered, one or more death certificates can be bought at the time of registration. The fee for a certificate is £11.
The registrar will issue a certificate for the burial or cremation of the body, which is normally passed to the funeral director by the relative who is making the arrangements. A funeral cannot go ahead until this certificate is given to the burial authority or the crematorium. If there is a delay to the registration of the death, it is possible for a certificate for the burial to be issued before registration, as long as the death does not need to be reported to the coroner. A certificate for cremation cannot be issued before the registration of the death.
If a death has been reported to the coroner, he or she may issue a certificate for burial or cremation where possible.
A certificate to send to the Department of Social Security will also be issued by the registrar to the person registering the death or other applicant. The form has details of the death on one side and the other side is the application for any claim forms.