This information will guide you through the process of registering a death. If someone close to you has died we appreciate that this will be very emotional time for you. Our team at the Register Office will help you at this very difficult time.
If someone close to you has died you have a legal duty to register the death within 5 days.
The first thing to do is obtain the medical certificate from the GP or the hospital. If the Coroner is involved, the Coroner's Officers will guide you.
By law, at present, a death must be registered in the district where it occurred. You can register at The Register Office or at North Tees Hospital, Room G8, UHNT, Hardwick Road, Stockton on Tees ,TS19 8PE
Contact the Register Office to make an appointment to register a death at either of these venues.
A death can be registered by one of the following people:
If the death occurred in a Nursing Home/Hospital and no relatives are available then the death could be registered by a Senior member of staff of the establishment
There is no fee to register a death.
The following documents must be presented when registering a death:
When attending to register you will be asked questions regarding names, dates and addresses which will feed into the register entry. To help ensure the accuracy of the information recorded it would be useful if you could bring supporting documentation with you (e.g. passport, driving license, utility bill, birth and marriage certificates).
Do not worry if any of these documents are not available as the registrar can still proceed to register the death.
You will receive 2 Statutory forms free of charge – the certificate for Burial or Cremation (unless the Coroner has already issued one), and a form BD8 for the DWP, which relates to state Pensions and Benefits. Death certificates, which are full copies of the entry in the register, will cost £4.00 at the time of registration. Further copies of the certificate issued by the Registrar after the time of registration will cost £7.00 per copy.
If it is not convenient for you to register a death at Stockton Register Office you can attend any other register office in England or Wales and provide the Registrar with the necessary details. This is called registering a death by declaration.
To register a death by declaration you should first make an appointment with the Register Office, stating that you wish to make an appointment 'register a death by declaration'.
The local Registrar will liaise with Stockton Borough Registrars regarding the whereabouts of the medical certificate - issued by the medical staff attending to the deceased (if the Coroner is involved, it will be the Coroner's Certificate).
After the 'death by declaration' appointment we will then send you the following documents by post:
Death certificates, which are full copies of the entry in the register, will cost £4.00 at the time of registration. Further copies of the certificate issued by the Registrar after the time of registration will cost £7.00 per copy
Please be aware that it will take a day or two longer to register by declaration because the documents will be sent by post. This should be taken into account when making funeral arrangements.
Contact the Register Office to make an appointment to register a death by declaration.
If your baby was stillborn, our staff at the Register Office are here to help and guide you through this difficult time. You may feel you want to contact us immediately, but please be aware that legally you have 42 days to record your baby's details.
If the baby's natural parents were married to each other at the time of the birth, then either of you can register your baby.
If the baby’s mother and natural father are not married, the father must be present at the registration if his details are to be shown in the stillbirth register.
Before you can register your baby you need to obtain the stillbirth certificate from the doctor or midwife. You will need to bring this with you when you record your baby's details.
Contact the Register Office to register a stillbirth.
A scheme that allows people to 'tell us once' when registering deaths will help make the process quicker and easier.
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 government departments and local Council Services.
If you decide to use this service we will be able to tell the following organisations:
To make sure the right information is given to any organisations we contact for you and so that you get the most out of the service it will help if you can bring along with you the following information about the person who has died:
If you are the next of kin (closest relative by blood or marriage to the deceased), your entitlement to benefits may change, so please have your own National Insurance number and/or date of birth with you when you contact us.
The 'tell us once' service is automatically offered when you make an appointment to register a death at Stockton Register Office.
Our Bereavement Services team manages the burial service for cemeteries at Durham Road, Oxbridge Lane, Thornaby, Billingham and Egglescliffe.
We are also able to provide advice, information and guidance on a range of issues relating to burials, cemeteries, funerals and many other related issues.
Find out more about the Bereavement Services team and how they can assist with funeral arrangements.