Health professionals: reporting cause of death by email

We're using phone and email so that we can prevent face to face contact and avoid delays when registering a death.

Email cause of death certificates

Please send Medical Certificates of Cause of Death (MCCDs) to

What to include in the email

In the email itself, please complete the following information so we can contact the family to register the death.

Name of deceased:

Next of kin (informant):

Contact phone number of next of kin:

Name of funeral director (if known):

Email address of funeral director (if known):

If someone other than next of kin will register the death, please give their contact details instead.

Digital certificate attachment

When you attach certificates they should:

  • be scans or high quality photos
  • ideally be in JPG or PDF format
  • ideally not be secured or encrypted files 
  • include the front and back of the certificate
  • have the name of the doctor who signs it written in block capitals next to their signature
  • have the doctor’s GMC number on it

Do not destroy the paper certificate

We will also need the paper MCCDs for our records. You can send these to us later when it's convenient for you.

Where to send them
Leeds Register Office, 1st Floor West, Merrion House, Merrion Way, Leeds, LS2 8BB

Information to give the family

Registering a death by phone

We’re registering deaths by phone only. The family do not need to call us, we’ll call the next of kin usually within 5 days of receiving the cause of death certificate.

The wait can be longer if we're waiting for the coroner or if the GP or hospital does not include the family's contact details with the certificate.

Please signpost the family to full guidance at:

Contact us

For questions about sending medical certificates.