When someone has died and their death is not subject to an investigation by the Coroner, you will need to make arrangements to register the death at your earliest opportunity, and no later than five days after the death has occurred.
You can register a death if you are:
If the death happened in Sunderland, you will need to register the death in person at Sunderland Civic Centre. Before attending to register, you will need to make an appointment. Death registration appointments will last approximately 30 minutes.
A death registration appointment can be booked online.
Alternatively, you can contact Life and family.
When you attend your appointment, you must have a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death issued by the doctor or hospital. You will also need to know the full name of the deceased, as well as their place and date of death.
It would be helpful if you could advise the Registrar of:
You should also take supporting documents that show your name and address and also the deceased's name and address. Such documents can include, passport, driving licence, utility or council tax bill.
When you attend an appointment to register a death, you can ask us to tell other government departments about the death so you don't have to contact them yourself.
Tell Us Once can contact the following organisations on your behalf:
What you will need
Before you can use the Tell Us Once service you will need specific information which is listed on the gov.uk website
If the death occurred outside of Sunderland, it will need to be registered at the Register Office for the district in which the death occurred.
You can search for another Registration District in England or Wales. If is not convenient for you to travel to this district, you may prefer to register the death 'by declaration' at the Registration Officer in Sunderland.
Registration by declaration works by the Registrar recording details of the death in the form of a declaration and then sending it to the Registration District in which the death occurred. The receiving district will then register the death and issue you with the number of certified copy death certificates you require, as well as the documents that are necessary to arrange either the burial or cremation.
If a death occurs abroad, or on a foreign ship or aircraft, you should register the death according to the local regulations of that country and obtain a death certificate. Also register the death with the British Consul so that a record of the death will be kept in the UK.
There is no 'original' certificate but you can purchase certified copies of the register entry from the Registrar during your registration appointment for £4.00 each.
Further Copies can be obtained after the death has been registered.
Fees for Changes to Initial Registration - Consideration by the Registrar General of a correction - £90.