Birmingham Register Office - Registering a Death
The death should be registered within 5 days of when it took place.
To make an appointment at Birmingham Register Office please ring
0121 675 1004 or 0121 675 2902 or 0121 675 2904.
The Bereavement Guide, attached below, contains everything you need to know.
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Please ring 0121 675 1004 or 0121 675 2902 or 0121 675 2904 to make an appointment.
Other people who can register a death include:
- A person present at the death.
- The occupier of the premises where the death occurred if he/she knew about it.
- The person arranging the funeral (this does not include the funeral director).
It would also be helpful if you can bring the deceased's:
- birth certificate
- marriage / civil partnership certificates
- NHS Medical Card
- The date and place of death
- The full name of the person who has died (this should be the name they used at the time of their death)
- Any other names they may have been known as. For example, they may have changed their name by deed poll
- Their date and place of birth (town and county or country if born outside England and Wales)
- Their job and whether they were retired
- Their usual address.
- In the case of a woman, her surname before she first married or registered her civil partnership
- The full name and occupation of the deceased's wife, husband or civil partner.
You will need to give your full name and address and your relationship to the person who died, for example, son, daughter, widow, widower, niece, nephew, surviving civil partner, or the person making the funeral arrangements.
You will also be asked to answer some extra questions. This information is used for government statistics and is kept confidential:
- Was the person who died married or in a civil partnership?
- If their husband or wife or civil partner is still living,what is their date of birth?
- How long did the person stay in hospital or other establishment, for example a hospice?
- Was the person under 75? If they were, what industry did they work in?
- Did they get a pension paid from government funds?
This includes the civil service, teachers, armed forces and war widows. This does not include the state pension or pension credits. You will be asked this so that the registrar can let the relevant department know the person has died.
- Have you found a medical card showing the person NHS number?
Death certificates are £4.00 each on the day of registration and for the following two weeks. Payment for certificates should be made in cash.
After this, certificates cost £7.00 each.
Once the register is full it is placed in the archives and certificates will then cost £10.00 each.
You will need these certificates when you are sorting out the finances of the person who has died. For example, banks and insurance companies will probably need a death certificate to allow access to accounts and funds.
For more information see our Emergency Bereavement Service page.
To find out more see our Tell Us Once page.
Help and supportVisit the Birmingham Bereavement Advice website www.birminghambereavementadvice.org.uk after the death of a friend or relative for help with:
- what to do first
- finding a funeral director
- probate and legal procedures
- money and tax issues
- finding support
- preventing junk mail being sent to the deceased.