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How to register the death


Unless the coroner is involved, you must have the medical cause of death certificate from the doctor before you can register the death. You will need to book an appointment to register a death. You must do this within 5 days.

Obtaining the documents that are required

Some deaths may need to be referred to the Coroner. If it isn’t, the doctor who was attending the deceased will issue you with a medical certificate. This certificate must then be handed to the Registrar. 

Normally a death is registered within 5 days. The certificates and documents will be issued to you at the time of registration. This takes place in the district where the death occurred.

However, you can visit any Register Office in England and Wales to give details for the registration by declaration and these will be posted to the appropriate office. 

This will result in a short delay in you receiving the necessary documents for the funeral, DSS and attending to the deceased's estate.

Who can register the death?

One of the following has to make an appointment with the local registrar:

A relative of the deceased.
A person present at the death.
The occupier of the house where the death took place.
The person dealing with the funeral arrangements (not the Funeral Director).

We will be happy to assist you if or when you may require advice.


Information needed to register

You will be asked by the Registrar for the following information concerning the deceased: 

Date and place of death. 
Full names, including maiden name where appropriate. 
Date and place of birth. 
Usual address.
If they were a married/widowed woman, the full names and occupation of her husband/late husband will be required. 
If they were married, the date of birth of the spouse. 
If they were receiving any pensions or allowances from public funds. 

It may be a good idea to look out some documentation if you are unsure of any of the above, such as a Birth or Marriage Certificate.

What to do with the certificates

The Registrar will issue you with two certificates which are free of charge. These certificates can only be used for specific purposes:

The green certificate should be handed to your funeral director.
If the Coroner has held a post-mortem examination, the green certificate will be replaced by a yellow one, but this is sent directly to your funeral director.
The white certificate is the Death Certificate. All you need to do is to complete the back of the form and send it to your local Department of Social Security (DSS) office. 

Certified copies of the Death Certificate are available at the time of registration for a small fee. You may need these for insurance or probate purposes. The Registrar may be able to advise you how many you will need.

Where can I register the death?

Please note that all the offices run an appointment system.  Please call the office before you visit. You should allow approximately 30 minutes for the registration. If the Registrar has to refer to the Coroner, a return visit may be necessary.


Worthing Registration Office
Portland House
Richmond Road


BN11 1HS
Tel: 01243 642122


Bognor Regis Registration Office
Durban House
South Bersted Business Park
Durban Road

Bognor Regis

PO22 9RE
Tel: 01243 642122


Brighton & Hove Register Office
Town Hall
Bartholomew Square


Tel: 01273 292016


Burgess Hill Registration Office

96 Church Walk

Burgess Hill

RH15 9AS

Tel: 01243 642122


Crawley Registration Office

West Sussex County Council
Southgate Avenue


RH10 6HG
Tel: 01243 642122


Chichester Registration Office
3 Orchard Street

PO19 1DD
Tel: 01243 642122


Eastbourne Registration Office
Town Hall
Grove Road


BN21 4UG
Tel: 0345 60 80 198


East Grinstead Registration Office

County Library

West Street

East Grinstead

RH19 4EY

Tel: 01243 642122


Haywards Heath Registration Office

Haywards Heath Library
34 Boltro Road

Haywards Heath

RH16 1BN
Tel: 01243 642122


Horsham Registration Office

Park House
North Street


RH12 9SB
Tel: 01243 642122


Lewes Registration Office
Southover Grange
Southover Road


Tel: 01273 475589


Littlehampton Registration Office

Arun Civic Centre
Maltravers Road

BN17 5LF
Tel: 01243 642122


Midhurst Registration Office

The Grange

Bepton Road


GU29 9HD

Tel: 01243 642122


Shoreham-by-Sea Registration Office

Health Centre
Pond Road


BN43 5US
Tel: 01243 642122


Storrington Registration Office

Storrington Library

Ryecroft Lane 


RH20 4PA
Tel:  01243 642122


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