Register a Death
COVID-19: Changes to Registration of Deaths
In accordance with The Coronavirus Act 2020 we are now able to register a death over the telephone, provided we have received the Medical Certificate from the Doctor - Please telephone 01495 353372 to make a telephone appointment to register.
Here you can find information on how you can register a death, and what information you will need to bring with you to your appointment.
To register a death in Blaenau Gwent, please collect the medical certificate from the doctor or hospital then call 01495 353372 to book an appointment.
Please also be aware there is a statutory timeframe of 5 days to register a death.
Where do I go for the appointment?
You can attend the Register Office at Bedwellty House. Location, parking details and register office opening times.
You can also register a death in any other Register Office in England and Wales by declaration. The Registrar will send the details on your behalf to the appropriate Register Office, please note that this may delay the funeral.
Who Can Register a death?
- A relative of the deceased
- A person present at the death
- A person arranging the funeral (not the undertaker)
What do I have to Pay?
The Registrar will provide you with copies of the full death certificate at a cost of £11 each.
Certificates may be needed for;
- Probate or letters of administration
- Bank and building society accounts
- Private pensions
- Insurance companies
What do I need to bring?
You must bring the medical certificate issued by the doctor. Without this certificate the Registrar will not be able to register the death. If the death has been reported to the Coroner’s Office, they will advise you of what to do.
It is also helpful if you bring the deceased persons birth certificate or passport to help check spellings, marriage certificate (if applicable) and medical card. In addition, the Registrar can offer the Tell Us Once service whereby we can inform a number of government departments about the death. Please bring with you the deceased’s national insurance number, blue badge (if applicable) and driver’s license.
What does the Registrar need to know about the deceased?
- The date and place of death
- The date and place of birth
- The full name and if the deceased was a married woman, the surname/family name used before marriage (Maiden name)
- Their occupation
- Their usual address
- If the deceased was married or in a civil partnership the full name, date of birth and occupation of the spouse or civil partner
- Details of any public sector pensions – for example civil services or armed forces
When the registration is complete, the registrar will ask you to check that all the information is correct before signing the register. You should check the information carefully before signing. Once the register is signed the registrar will not always be able to correct any errors immediately and may have to apply to the Registrar General for authority to correct.
What documents will I receive?
A ‘green form’ to arrange the funeral. You will need to give this to the funeral directors. If the death was referred to the coroner, he may already have given this form to the funeral director.
A BD8 form to inform the department of works and pension about any state pension and benefits relating to the deceased.
Tell Us Once confirmation letter.
You can purchase death certificates for a fee of £11 each.