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A death must be registered in the registration district in which it occurred. If the death occurred in the city of Derby, please contact us to arrange an appointment to visit the Register Office.
If you are unable to attend the Derby office, you can attend another Register Office and make a declaration of the death. The Registrar at that office will send details to us after witnessing a declaration of particulars and we will post any forms and certificates to you.
You must normally register a death within five days, unless the Coroner is conducting an investigation into the circumstances of the death.
In order of preference, the following persons are legally responsible for registering a death:
Most deaths are registered by a relative of the deceased. We would not normally allow one of the other people listed above to register the death unless there are no relatives available to do it.
We will issue to you a form to give to the funeral director to enable the burial or cremation, unless this has already been issued by the Coroner, and a form for the Department of Works and Pensions (DWP).
Registration of a death is free of charge but any certified death certificates will cost £4.00 each. Death certificates are needed for many purposes, including:
To help us to provide an efficient 'Tell Us Once' service, providing additional information will help us to update other council and government services at the same time. For example:
You can also access information about Tell Us Once through the Directgov website.
If you are unable to attend the office in the area where the death occurred, you can attend the Derby Register Office. Please contact us to make an appointment.
The Registrar at our office cannot register the death but can acknowledge a declaration from you and post it to the relevant district office. The office that registers the death will then post any forms and certificates directly to you.
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