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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.

Deaths that occur in Islington or the City of London

We can register deaths that occurred in the borough of Islington and the City of London, this refers to the area in London known as the Square Mile and not London as an entire city, please view a map to check.

Find us:

Islington and City of London Register Office

Islington Town Hall

Upper Street

N1 2UD

The Register Office is open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4pm.

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.

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 or passport for the deceased may also be useful.

It is very important that the information is recorded correctly on the death certificate. You will be asked to check the death entry before signing, but please be aware that any errors in the information given will cost up to £90.00 to amend after you have signed to say the details are correct.

Click here for more information on death corrections.

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 Work and Pensions
  • £11.00 for each copy of the death certificate you need. This can be paid with cash or card. You can also buy copy certificates after registration

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.

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.

Same day burials

If someone has died on a weekend or public holiday, and you intend to bury them on the same day for faith reasons, we have an out-of-hours service.

A registrar is available to attend the Town Hall between 9.30am and 12.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as most public holidays. The registrar will meet you to provide the green certificate for the burial to proceed in straight-forward cases. This does not include cases where there is question of cause of death or the potential coroner involvement.

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