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How to Register a Death

Registrar’s Office

When death occurs you will need to register the death with the Registrar's office. Registering the death is the official notification to the authorities that a death has occurred, it allows you to begin the legal processes such as probate and it allows a funeral to be planned. You must register a death within five days unless a coroner is conducting an inquest into the circumstances.

When a death occurs in the North Tyneside area, it must be registered with the North Tyneside Registrars Office. An appointment should be made to do this: Tel: (0191) 6436164 Option 2 for an appointment and advice on what to bring with you. Below are the main items and questions you will be asked by the Registrar and paperwork you should take with you. You must have “The Medical Certificate of Cause of Death”. This will be given to you by the GP or by the hospital. Also take the persons:

  • Birth certificate
  • Council Tax bill
  • Driving licence
  • Marriage or civil partnership certificate
  • NHS medical card
  • Passport
  • Proof of address (e.g. utility bill)

What you will need to tell the registrar

  • The person’s full name at the time of death
  • Any names previously used, eg maiden name
  • The person’s date and place of birth
  • Their last address
  • Their occupation
  • The full name, date of birth and occupation of a surviving or late spouse or civil partner
  • Whether they were getting a State Pension or any other benefits

Documents you’ll get when you register a death

  • A Certificate for Burial or Cremation (the ‘green form’) – gives permission for burial or an application for cremation
  • A Certificate of Registration of Death (form BD8) – you may need to fill this out and return it if the person was getting a State Pension or benefits (the form will come with a pre-paid envelope so you know where to send it)

Registrars Address for North Shields

Maritime Chambers
1 Howard Street
North Shields
NE30 1LZ

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