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Register a death

The death of a loved one can be a very traumatic time and Islington Council try to make it as easy as possible to register a death, whilst keeping you and our staff as safe as possible.

Registering a death during the Coronavirus pandemic

The provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020 have now been commenced by regulation. From Monday 30 March 2020 and for the duration of the pandemic period, deaths will be registered by telephone appointment.

There will be no requirement for relatives to collect the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death from the hospital, care home or GP. A scan of both sides of the signed certificate can be sent to the registrar directly at

The green certificate for burial or cremation will be transmitted electronically to the Funeral Director, crematorium or cemetery office.

There will be no requirement for customers to attend our office in person. The office will be closed to the public.

Please book an appointment once the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death has been sent to us 

Book to register a death by phone

The registrar will you call at your scheduled appointment time.

Deaths in Islington or the City of London

If the death took place in the London Borough of Islington or the City of London, it has to be registered at Islington Register Office. ‘The City of London’ refers to the area in London known as the Square Mile, and not London as an entire city, please view a map to check. Telephone appointments are available Monday to Friday between 9am and 3.30pm.

You are legally required to register a death within five days. The death must be registered at the register office in the borough where the death took place.

If there is an investigation into the death, with the Coroner involved, the death may be registered outside of the five days. If the investigation leads to an inquest then the registration will take place once the inquest has been held. The Coroner will contact the family to let them know when they are able to obtain death certificates from the register office.

Deaths outside of Islington and City of London

Now that registrations can be made by phone, please contact the register office for the district where the death occurred. We are not able to take declarations of deaths for other districts at this time.

Who can register a death

Qualified informants can register a death. A qualified informant can be:

  • A relative
  • A person who was present at the death
  • The occupier of the premises where the death occurred. The informant must either be the Senior Resident Officer or Matron of the establishment where the death occurred
  • The person arranging the funeral (not the funeral director). A person arranging the funeral should only register a death if there are no relatives availableThe Funeral Director (under the provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020).

If the informant does not speak or understand English, they need to have someone on the phone call who can translate for them.


£11 per certificate (statutory fee).

Certificates can be applied for online following the registration.

What we will need

  • Medical certificate of cause of death - issued by the certifying Doctor.
  • Coroners post mortem form - issued from the Coroner.

If available, please have the following to refer to in relation to the deceased:

  • Passports or birth certificates
    Marriage or civil partnership certificates (if applicable)

Information we will need

Details of the deceased:

  • Date and place of death
  • First name, middle names (if applicable), and surname
  • Any other names the deceased was otherwise or previously known by
  • Maiden name (if applicable)
  • Date and place of birth
  • Occupation and whether retired or not
  • Address

Details of the spouse/civil partner of deceased:

  • First name, middle names (if applicable), and surname
  • If deceased or not
  • Occupation
  • If retired or not
  • Date of birth

Documents we will issue

  • Green certificate for burial or cremation - separate procedures apply where the death has been referred to the Coroner.
  • Form for the Department of Work and Pensions
  • Unique number to access the Tell Us Once service. Please visit this page for more information on this service.
  • Death certificate 

Same day burials

Due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic we are unable to guarantee the availability of the weekend on-call service. We will continue to do our best to provide this additional service while staffing levels allow.

We have an on-call service available on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays between 9.30am and 12.30pm. This service is for the issue of burial certificates required for a funeral that is to take place within 24 hours.

The on-call registrar will issue the burial certificate if:

  • You can provide confirmation that the burial is to take place within 24 hours
  • We have received a correctly completed medical certificate of cause of death from the doctor
  • The death does not have to be referred to the coroner
  • You are qualified to register the death

There is no basis in law for the mortuary or persons holding the body to require sight of the green Certificate for Burial or Cremation in order to release the body. The certificate is not intended for this purpose and will not be issued unless the criteria above are met.

To use this out-of-hours service, please call our contact centre on 020 7527 2000 and they will connect you to a registrar.