Register a Death

Our registrars are here to help you with death registration

Coronavirus (COVID-19): change to service

On advice from the government regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), we have introduced stricter limits on informants to contain the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Until further notice death registrations will be conducted by telephone.

See further information about changes to services.

When to register a death

A death must be registered within five days. This can only be extended in exceptional circumstances, or if the coroner is involved. 

If there was a post mortem

The Coroner tells you about this. Please wait until the Coroner tells you that the death is ready to register before you make an appointment. 

If there was an inquest

You do not have to come in to register the death. We do this for you after the inquest. 

To book an appointment with a Registrar

You can register a death from Monday to Friday, between 9am and 4pm at Bournemouth Register Office. 

Please phone 01202 454945 to book an appointment. You can call:

  • Monday - Thursday, 8.30 am to 5.15 pm.
  • Fridays, 8.30 am to 4.15 pm

You can register a death if you are 

  • A relative.

Or, if no relatives are available:

  • Someone present at the death.
  • A manager or supervisor of the hospital/nursing/residential home where the death occurred.
  • The person making the arrangements with the Funeral Directors.

Registration should take place in the district where the death occurred, if possible. If the death occurred in Bournemouth but you would find it difficult to get to our offices, you can 'Attest a Declaration' at your local Register Office. They take all the information needed and send it to us. We then post the certificates and necessary paperwork to you or your chosen representative.

Documents you need to bring

To help us complete the registration accurately, we need the following when you come to register the death: 

  • A Medical Certificate of Cause of Death from the doctor, if one was issued. 
  • If there was a post mortem, we will have the paperwork from the Coroner. 

Plus, if possible, the deceased's: 

  • passport, birth certificate, marriage/civil partnership certificate, blue badge and driving licence, as appropriate.  
  • National Health Service (NHS) number if available
  • National Insurance Number, if available 


  • Free to register a death.
  • Certificates issued on the day cost a statutory fee of £11 each
  • Further copies can be ordered at a later date and will be charged the statutory fee of £11 each (or £35 for express service).
  • Standard certificates will be sent 2nd class post.
  • Express Certificates ordered before 15:00 are despatched within 24 hours and are sent 1st class post.
  • You can pay by cash or card

Alternatively you can collect Certificates from the Town Hall, or you may also request to have your Certificate sent by ‘Signed For Delivery’ at an extra cost of £2.00

We cannot guarantee the safe delivery of certificates sent by standard post.  If certificates are not received by the applicant, they will need to request and pay again.

PLEASE NOTE: There is now a fee of up to £90 for corrections to death entries. It is very important therefore, that all the information provided to the Registrar during the registration process is correct and you check the information thoroughly before signing.

Special arrangements

For more information on how we can help you, please read our Bereavement Guide or visit