Who can register a death

Find out who can legally register a death.

If the person died in a house or hospital

If the person died in a house or hospital, the death can be registered by:

  • a relative
  • someone present at the death
  • an occupant of the house where the death took place
  • an official from the hospital where the death took place
  • the person making the arrangements with the funeral directors

If the death took place anywhere else

If the death took place anywhere else, the death can be registered by:

  • a relative
  • someone present at the death
  • the person who found the body
  • the person in charge of the body
  • the person making the arrangements with the funeral directors

Funeral directors

If family members, or others who can register the death, are ill or can't register the death, a funeral director can register the death. Where possible a relative should still register the death to make sure a full and accurate registration takes place. A funeral director can only register the death with the agreement of the family.