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.

You can also use our walk-in service to register a death. You should be seen within 30 minutes. Please note than between 12pm - 2pm there may be a longer waiting period.

Deaths that occur in Islington or the City of London

Islington Register office registers all the deaths that occur in either Islington or the City of London (Islington Council Registrars also cover registrations for the City of London Corporation, which is the square mile at the heart of the financial centre in the city. See a map of the area).

Unless the coroner is involved you will need to bring the medical cause of death certificate with you at the time of registration. The birth certificate for the deceased may also be useful.

Deaths that occur outside Islington or the City of London

Only the register office in the area where the death occurred is able to register the death. However it is possible to make a declaration of the death to Islington Register Office.

Who can register a death?

The following people are able to register a death:

  • A relative (for example husband/wife or civil partner, brother or sister)

  • A person who was present at the death

  • The occupier of the premises where the death occurred if he/she knew about it

  • The person arranging the funeral (this does not include the funeral director)

Information the registrar will need

During the registration the registrar will ask a series of questions and will then enter the information into the register. You will need to answer these questions to the best of your knowledge.

About the deceased

  • The date and place of death

  • Their full name and any other names they are known by or have been known by (including the maiden name of a woman who has been married)

  • Their date and place of birth

  • Their occupation (if married, widowed or a civil partner, then also the full name and occupation of their spouse or civil partner)

  • Their usual address

  • Date of birth of surviving spouse or civil partner

  • Whether they were in receipt of any public sector pension, e.g. civil service, teacher, armed forces (reference number if known).

  • Their NHS number or medical card, if available

About the person registering

  • Your relationship to the deceased

  • Your full name

  • Your usual address

What certificates are issued

  • A green form which must be given to the funeral director in order to arrange the funeral (where a post mortem is held, and the deceased is to be cremated, the Coroner will issue this form).

  • A form BD8 will be issued to notify the Department of Social Security.

  • Death certificates. Every certificate must be purchased, at the time of registration the fee for each certificate is £4.00. This can be paid with cash or card.

Registering by declaration

Before you can make a registration by declaration you or the register office will need to obtain a copy of the medical cause of death certificate and any documents from the coroner. Please call us to discuss this on 020 7527 6350 as this can take some time.

The registrar will record the details in the form of a declaration and post these documents to the registrar where the death occurred. Once the registrar has received the declaration they will enter the information in the death register.

Only once the death has been entered in the registrar can certificates be issued. These will be posted by the registrar for the district where the death took place.

If a declaration is made, it will take longer for the document for burial or cremation to be issued. The family should discuss the arrangements with their funeral director and the registrar so as to avoid any delay to the funeral.

Tell Us Once

When someone has died, there are lots of things that need to be done, at a time when you probably least feel like doing them. One of these is contacting the government departments and local council services that need to be told.

To help make this process easier you can use the Tell Us Once service provided by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

The Tell Us Once service can pass on  information about a death to a number of government departments and other local council services for you so you don’t have to contact them yourself.

How to contact Tell Us Once

Once you have registered the death with a Registrar we will provide you with your Tell us Once service number so you can use the service:

Online - Visit the DWP Tell Us Once website

By telephone – 0800 085 7308.

The lines are open Monday to Friday between 8am and 6pm. This number is free to call from a BT landline, but other providers, including mobile phone providers, may charge you. If you don’t speak English, call 0800 085 7308 and the DWP will call you back.