Registering a death

Appointments to register a death.

When we receive the medical certificate of cause of death (MCCD), it should have the name and contact details of the next of kin with it.

We will contact that person by phone to make an appointment to register the death at one of our offices. 

If it is more than 4 days since the death happened and you are concerned that you have not yet had a call to make an appointment, we recommend you speak with your Funeral Director or you can contact us.

Cumbria Registration Service

Email: registration.service@cumbria.gov.uk
Telephone: 0300 303 2472

Where to register the death

If someone has died in Cumbria you can register the death with Cumbria Registration Service.  You can do a declaration of a death at any other office in England and Wales but you won’t be given any documents.  The details will be passed to us and we will do the registration and issue your certificates at a later date.  This can slow down the process.

If someone has died outside Cumbria you can register in the local office in England and Wales or you can do a declaration in Cumbria.   We will then send the information to the relevant office and they will register. You will then need to contact the relevant office for Certificates.

After the registration is complete

Once the registration is complete,  we will email the certificates for burial or cremation to the Funeral Director.  Please make sure you know who this will be before you attend your appointment.

We will carry out the Tell Us Once service that lets you report a death to most government organisations in one go.

Ordering copies of the death certificate

You can order certificates at the end of the registration appointment.

The cost is £11 per certificate, please have a payment card with you to make payment.

If you don't have a payment card let the registrar know so they can discuss how you can get your certificates following registration.

Correcting a mistake on a death certificate

If you notice something is wrong, you can apply to correct mistake on a death certificate