Registering the Death

All deaths occurring in England and Wales must be registered within 5 days of the death unless the Coroner’s involvement prevents this. Registering the death should be in the District where the death occurred.

If you are unable to attend where the death occurred then you may make a declaration of death at any Register Office in England and Wales. The declaration will be sent to the correct Register Office and the death certificates, together with the authority allowing us to proceed, will be sent to you by post. However, this method of registration relies heavily on the postal service and others which may result in a delay to the arrangements.

In certain circumstances, the death may be referred to the Coroner, either by the Doctor or the Registrar of Deaths. The Coroner will decide whether to carry out a post-mortem or to hold an inquest or he may decide that no action be taken if he/she is satisfied as to the cause of death.

Almost all Register Offices operate an appointment only system and if you wish, we can make the appointment on your behalf.

For deaths within the City of Portsmouth:

Regsitering the death

City of Portsmouth
Milldam House
Burnaby Road

023 9275 6597
023 9282 9041

For deaths within the County of Hampshire:

Regsitering the death

County of Hampshire
Hampshire Registration Service

030 0555 1392

For further advice please call 023 9282 4831 for our Portsmouth
branch or call 023 9226 9000 for our Waterlooville branch

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