A death must be registered in the registration district in which it happened. If the death was in the city of Derby, you need to make an appointment to register the death at the Council House or at Royal Derby Hospital. Please use our online booking system.
If you are unable to attend an office in Derby, you can go to a Register Office in a different area 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 need to 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. 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 a form for you 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 a fee is payable for any certified death certificates. Death certificates are needed for many purposes, including:
You will need to pay by debit or credit card as we only accept cash in certain circumstances.
Once the registration has been completed, we will capture the deceased name and date of death on the Tell Us Once system. You will then be provided with an access code and instructions for completing the enrichment process yourself, either online or by telephone.
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 Council House in Derby. Please use our online booking system 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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|Saturday||Ceremonies by appointment only|