All deaths need to be registered with the registrar for births, deaths, and marriages.
This must be done within:
- five days in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland
- eight days in Scotland.
This includes weekends and bank holidays. It may differ if the registrar agrees to extend the period, or if the death has been referred to the coroner. If a death has been referred to the coroner, you’ll need to wait for them to give permission before you can register the death.
There’s no cost for registering a death. But you will need to pay to get copies of the death certificate. The cost of the certificate varies across the UK but it is usually between £8 and £12. It is best to try and get enough copies when you first register the death as buying more copies later can sometimes be more expensive. You will need copies for various bank accounts, pension policies, insurance policies, and financial institution companies so it is normal to order 6 to 12 copies.