Booking an appointment
To register a death in Leeds please call 0113 2224408 to make an appointment. You can register a death at one of the following One Stop Centres - 2 Great George Street, Armley, Chapeltown, Dewsbury Road, Garforth, Harehills, Middleton, Morley, Otley, Pudsey, Rawdon, Rothwell and Wetherby. A list of the addresses and opening times can be found in the download section below.
A death should normally be registered within five days (unless a coroner is investigating the circumstances leading to a death). The death must be registered at the Register Office in the district where the death occurred.
If you prefer, you can register a death in any other Register Office and the Registrar will send details on to us. However this may delay the funeral.
Who can register a death?
One of the following people must register the death
- A relative of the deceased
- A person present at the death
- A person arranging the funeral (not the undertaker)
- In certain circumstances others such as the administrator or the occupier of the place where the death took place can register
If you don't know whether you can register the death please contact us.
What must I bring with me?
The medical certificate issued by the doctor. Without this certificate the Registrar will not be able to register the death. If the death has been reported to the Coroner’s Office they will advise you what to do.
The following is not essential but may be helpful - the deceased person’s birth certificate or passport, marriage certificate (if applicable) and medical card.
What does the Registrar need to know about the deceased?
- The date and place of death
- The date and place of birth
- The full name and if the deceased was a married woman, the surname/family name used before marriage
- If the deceased was married or in a civil partnership the full name and occupation of the spouse or civil partner
- If the deceased was married or in a civil partnership, the date of birth of their spouse or civil partner.
- Their occupation
- Their usual address
- Details of any public sector pension for example - teachers, civil service or armed forces.
How much does it cost?
The Registrar will provide you with a copy of a full death certificate at a cost of £4. If certificates are required at a later date the Registrar will advise on fees.
Certificates may be needed for
- Probate or letters of administration
- Banks and building society accounts
- Private pensions
- Insurance companies
- Stocks and shares
What documents will I receive?
The Registrar will give you the following forms
- Green form – This is for arranging the funeral. It needs to be given to the funeral directors. If the death was referred to the coroner he may already have given this form to the funeral directors
- BD8 form – This is for social security purposes (to inform DWP regarding state pensions and benefits)
- A reference number for the Tell Us Once service.
These documents are free of charge.
What is Tell Us Once?
When someone dies, there is usually a number of local council and government departments to notify (for example, stopping state pensions and benefits, cancelling a passport).
The Tell Us Once service allows you to inform many government departments in one straight-forward process. This is an optional service and it is free of charge.
The Tell Us Service is available in person by appointment following the registration, by phone and online. For more information please follow link in related pages below.
What if I need an interpreter?
We can provide an interpreter to help if English is not your first language or you may bring a friend or relative to help interpret.