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Register a death

How to register a death and book an appointment


To register a death the next of kin or a person eligible to register a death will need to:

  • Telephone or book online for an appointment at the registration office
  • Take the medical certificate issued by the Doctor and the deceased person's birth and marriage certificates if possible. These documents are not essential but will help the next of kin to answer some of the questions the registrar will ask.

What the Registrar does

The Registrar will:

  • Issue the certification required for burial or cremation free of charge, and a certificate of death which the next of kin will have to pay for (they are about £4 each). As the next of kin will need to send the certificate of death to utility companies, life insurance companies, etc they may find it useful to purchase more than one copy.
  • Ask the next of kin for details of any benefits or pensions the deceased may have been claiming. By giving the information to the registrar the next of kin will be informing a host of agencies about the death, and this prevents the next of kin from having to contact each agency individually which can be very beneficial.

Registration is also required for a stillborn baby, and the registrar will issue an "After registration" form.

Contact the local Register Office

Colchester Library
21 Trinity Square
Essex CO1 1JB

Monday - Friday:  9am - 5pm
Saturday: 9am-12pm (births only)

Tel: 0345 603 7632


Book an appointment online and more information

For more information about registering a death and to book an appointment with our office online go to Essex County Council Register a death.


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