Registering a Death


Before the funeral (unless the coroner is involved) and within five days of the death occurring. This is a legal requirement in England and Wales.


  • The death would normally be registered by a relative.
  • If a relative is not available other persons can register, anyone present at the death, the occupier of the premises where the death occurred or whoever is taking responsibility for the funeral.
  • *Funeral directors cannot register on your behalf.


  • The Registrar’s office for the District in which the death occurred.
  • If the death occurred within the Swindon Borough boundary the Registrar’s phone number is 01793 522738. On phoning you will be given an appointment.
  • If the death occurred in North Wiltshire contact the Chippenham Registrar on 01225 713007.

What do you need to take?

  • The Death Certificate.
  • The deceased’s birth and marriage certificate.
  • The deceased’s National Health Service Card.
  • Any document relating to pension or allowances received by the deceased from public funds.
  • (If you don’t have all these documents let the registrar know any information that may help).

What documents are issued by the Registrar?

  • A certificate for burial or cremation, known as the ‘green form’.
  • A cream certificate of certified copy of entry in the Register of Deaths (A fee is payable for each copy required)
  • The Registrar now provides a ‘Tell Us Once’ service where they will notify all statutory organisations that need to be advised of the death.
  • If a post-mortem is needed and the deceased is to be cremated the coroner will send all necessary paperwork directly to the Funeral Director.

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