Register a death

IMPORTANT NOTICE: 

From Saturday 28 March 2020 Wakefield Register office will be conducting death and still birth registration appointments by telephone only.  This is to remove the need for a person to personally collect the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD) from the doctor and deliver to the registrar.

Only those persons with a paper MCCD issued prior to Saturday 28 March will be permitted to register face to face. 

On receipt of the paperwork from the Doctor we will contact you to arrange an appointment.

If you have not heard from us within 2 days of the date of death please telephone 0345 4 852 888 to check we have the paperwork and to schedule an appointment. If we have not received the paperwork you will need to contact the GP directly to ask them to forward this.

You will be given an appointment time and a registrar will contact you 30 minutes either side of this time.  Please do not try to contact us within this time frame.  Payments for certificates can be made by card. If you have not been contacted within the time frame allocated please telephone 0345 4 852 888.  

The registrar will require certain information from you to register the death.

This can be found here

After the appointment we will email you to confirm the registration is complete, any certificates you have purchased will be sent 1st class in the post along with the DWP form BD8.  The email will contain a PDF document regarding the TUO service.

The forms required to proceed with the funeral arrangements will be sent electronically at the end of the day to the Councils Bereavement Services Team.  If the registration takes place using our emergency out of hour's services on a Sunday or Bank Holiday the paperwork will be sent immediately following the registration. 


With our condolences…

When a family member or someone close to you dies, we know it is a very difficult time. 

Please note that there is a legal requirement to register a death within 5 days. To enable customers to get an appointment as quickly as possible, our online booking system will only allow you to book an appointment within two working days. If you have an exceptional circumstance and require an appointment over two working days away, please contact us on 0345 4 852 888.

What documents will you need?

  • Medical certificate of the cause of death, signed by a doctor (unless the coroner is issuing the paperwork)

The registration cannot be completed without the medical certificate or, if applicable the Coroners paperwork.

Other helpful documents

Documents relating to the deceased;

  • Passport and/or Birth Certificate
  • Proof of Address, like a utility bill
  • Deed Poll (if applicable)
  • NHS Medical Card
  • Marriage and/or Civil Partnership Certificates – including any from previous relationships which are available

Documents relating to the person registering the death;

  • Passport
  • Driving license
  • Proof of Address i.e. utility bill

Please note that there is no legal requirement to produce these documents but if you do, they will help to ensure that the information is recorded correctly.

Corrections

If you provide incorrect information a fee will apply to correct the registration. If the registration can be corrected at the Register Office the fee will be £75; if the correction has to be referred to the General Register Office the fee will be £90.

Emergency out-of-hours service

A service is available for anyone who needs to make urgent burial arrangements or requires documentation to remove a body out of England.

This service is available between 9am and 10am each Sunday and Bank Holiday and can be accessed by contacting our Contact Centre on 0345 8 506 506. Helpful information is provided in our out of hours emergency guidance for bereaved families leaflet.

Registering a still birth

From Saturday 28 March 2020 Wakefield Register office will be conducting still birth registration appointments by telephone only.  This is to remove the need for a person to personally collect the Medical Certificate of Cause of Still Birth (MCCSB) from the doctor and deliver to the registrar.

Only those persons with a paper MCCSB issued prior to Saturday 28 March will be permitted to register face to face. 

On receipt of the paperwork from the Doctor we will contact you to arrange an appointment.

You will be given an appointment time and a registrar will contact you 30 minutes either side of this time.  Please do not try to contact us within this time frame.  If you have not been contacted within the time frame allocated please telephone 0345 4 852 888. 

After the appointment we will send any certificates to you 1st class in the post.

The forms required to proceed with the funeral arrangements will be sent electronically at the end of the day to the Councils Bereavement Services Team.  

Useful links

Contact us

Wakefield Register Office

Wakefield Town Hall
Wood Street
Wakefield
WF1 2HQ

0345 4 852 888