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Registering a death

What certificates will be issued?

Death certificate

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.

Certificate for burial or cremation (issued free of charge)

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.

Certificate for applicable Social Security benefits (issued free of charge)

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.

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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