Register a death

Book an appointment to register a death in Bristol and find out about the death certificate and Tell Us Once service.

Book to register a death

When and where to register

You must register a death within five days unless a coroner is conducting an investigation.

You should register at the local register office for the area where the death happened. You must make an appointment to register.

If the death happened outside the Bristol City Council area you can come to our offices and we’ll send your details to the right office.

There are two Register Offices in Bristol:

The Bristol Register Office

The Old Council House, Corn Street, Bristol, BS1 1JG. 

The entrance is on Broad Street. You can find an access guide at DisabledGo.

Southmead Register Office

Southmead Hospital, Brunel Building, Bristol, BS10 5NB.

Who can register

You can register the death if you're:

  • a relative
  • someone present at the death
  • the person arranging the funeral (not the undertaker)
  • the occupier of the place where the death happened, if they were aware of it

What happens at the register office

You will be seen in private and asked questions about the person who has died. The registrar will enter the details onto a computer. You will be asked to check the information on the register and sign that it is correct.

What to bring

  • medical certificate of the cause of death from the doctor or hospital
  • birth certificate

and if you have it:

  • details about any pension or allowance they got from public funds
  • their NHS medical card
  • disabled person's parking Blue Badge, if they had one

What we need to know

  • date and place of death
  • full name
  • maiden name, if applicable
  • date and place of birth
  • occupation and address
  • if they were married or in a civil partnership, the full name, occupation and date of birth of their spouse or civil partner
  • your name and address

What you'll receive

We'll give you a document to allow you to arrange the burial or cremation or coroner. You'll also get a form for social security purposes. These are free.

You may need copies of the death certificate to help sort out the affairs of the person who's died, for example dealing with probate, bank accounts or insurance. You can buy copies of the certificate from the Register Office at any time.

Cost of certificates

  • at registration: £4 each
  • up to four weeks after: £7 each
  • after four weeks: £10 each

You can pay by cash, debit or credit card.

Tell Us Once service

Tell Us Once is a service that lets you report a death to most government organisations in one go. We'll give you a reference number when you register the death to allow you to use this service.

Tell Us Once service information on GOV.UK

Out of Hours Death Registration Service

If a relative needs to be buried within a short time, due to cultural or religious reasons, you can use our out of hours emergency registration service.

To use this service you'll need a Medical Certificate of cause of death issued by the doctor.

If the death has been referred to the coroner we'll not be able to register the death until the paperwork has been issued.

You can contact the out of hours emergency registrar on 0117 922 2050.