Register a death

Register a death

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

To book an appointment to register a death call: 0117 922 2800

Phone lines are open:

  • Monday to Friday 8.30am to 6pm
  • Closed Wednesday 12pm to 1.30pm

When and where to register

You must register someones death within five days unless a coroner needs to carry out an investigation.

If the death happened inside the Bristol City Council area you can book an appointment  at  a Bristol Register  office.  Check the council area on GOV.UK

If the death happened in the Bristol City Council area but you can't get to either of our Bristol Register offices then you must  make a declaration at your nearest Register Office.

If the death happened outside the Bristol City Council area  you can still register the death by declaration at a Bristol Register Office. We’ll send the details onto the relevant office, once registered there, you'll be able to apply for certificates directly from them.

Our Register Offices

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  to Bristol Register Office on the DisabledGo website.

Southmead Register Office

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

Who can register

You can register the death if you:

  • are a relative
  • were present at the death
  • are arranging the funeral (not the funeral director)
  • live at the place where the death happened and were aware of the death

What happens at the register office

You'll be seen in private  and asked for :

  • your full name
  • your address
  • information about the person who died

The registrar will enter the details onto the register. You'll be asked to check the information on the register and sign that it's correct.

When you sign it, you’re agreeing that the details are:

  • spelt correctly
  • a true statement

You’ll have to pay a correction fee, if you notice a mistake with the entry after you’ve signed it. This will be £75 or £90, depending on what needs to be corrected.

Paying the fee does not guarantee the correction can be made.

What to bring

You must bring :

  • a medical certificate showing the cause of death
  • the birth certificate  or passport of the person who died if you have it

and if you have it:

  • details of any benefits or entitlements they were getting, for example a State Pension
  • their NHS medical card
  • disabled person's parking Blue Badge, if they had one

What we need to know

We'll need this information about the person who died:

  • 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

After the death has been registered , we'll give you a death certificate to allow you to arrange the burial or cremation. You'll also get a form for social security purposes. These are free.

You may need copies of the death certificate to sort out the deceased’s affairs, for example, their bank accounts and bills. You can buy copies of the certificate from the Register Office:

  • at registration, each copy will cost £4
  • up to four weeks after registration, each copy will cost £7
  • after four weeks, each copy will cost £10

Call 0117 922 2800, Monday to Friday 8.30am to 6pm. You can pay by cash, debit or credit card.

You can also order a copy of a death certificate on GOV.UK  if the death was registered over a year ago.

Tell Us Once service

Tell Us Once  service on GOV.UK 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.

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. Call  the emergency registrar on 0117 922 2050.

To use this service you'll need a medical certificate of cause of death issued by  a doctor.

If the death has been reported to the coroner’s office we can’t register the death until the coroner has completed their investigation. See when a death is reported to a coroner on GOV.UK