When to register the death

In most cases you will need to register the death within five days and it is best to visit the Register Office in the area in which the person died. This can help avoid delays getting the necessary documents.

If the Coroner is involved you will be advised when to register the death.

We can advise you on the procedure for registering a death. Below is a guide that can help, but please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Who can register the death?

The following people can register a death:

Any relative of the person who has died
Any person present at the death
A person who lives in the house where the person died
The person arranging the funeral (this cannot be a Funeral Director).

A simple interview with the Registrar to register the death is carried out at the Register Office.

At the Registrar’s Office

You should take with you the Medical Certificate issued by the doctor showing the cause of death and the deceased’s Medical Card. You will also require the following information about the deceased:

Full name
Marital Status
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Maiden Name (if female and married)
Spouse’s Name
Spouse’s Date of Birth
Spouse’s Occupation

The registrar will issue you with

The Registrar will issue a Certificate for Burial or Cremation (Green Form) which should be handed to The Funeral Director. A White Certificate (BD8) is issued, and this can be used in any liaison with the DWP. The Registrar will also, on request, issue copies of the Registrar’s certified copy of entry (death certificate) which is required for Banks, Building Societies, Insurance Companies, etc.

How to make an appointment

Appointments can be made at any registry office in Kent either:

  • Online –
  • Via Telephone – 03000 41 51 51
  • Deaths that occur within the Medway district will have to be registered at the Medway Registry Office. Telephone: 01634 338 998

Sittingbourne Office

4-6 East Street
ME10 4RT

01795 424423 (24h)

Office Opening Hours

9:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday
9:00am to 1:00pm on Satuday

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Faversham Office

84 Preston Street
ME13 8NU

01795 515212 (24h)

Office Opening Hours

9:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday
Weekends by appointment only

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Once we have been notified of your wishes everything can be safely left in our care.