Registering a death

How to register a death

You’ll need to make an appointment to register a death in the district where the person died.  You should register a death within five days.  This period can be extended by the registrar under certain circumstances, or if the coroner's service is involved.

You can make an appointment with the registrar as soon as you have the medical certificate of cause of death by: 

Calling: 01226 773085 or 01226 773090 between 8.30am and  5.00pm Monday to Thursday or  8.30am to 4.30pm Fridays.   


Where to register a death

Most appointments to register a death take place at The Register Office in the Town Hall in Barnsley.  Registrars are also available at certain times in our offices in Goldthorpe Royston and Wombwell. 

If you can't visit one of our Barnsley offices you can arrange to register the death at any other register office in England and Wales. You will need to provide the same information and you'll be asked to sign a declaration.  The registrar will send us the declaration for our records in Barnsley.

Who can register a death

Usually a close relative of the person who has died registers the death, but others can also do this when there are no relatives.

This can be:

  • someone present at the death 
  • a person arranging the funeral (not the undertaker)
  • an administrator at the hospital, or the owner of where the death took place

The information you’ll need to bring with you

Please bring the medical certificate showing the cause of death (signed by a doctor) with you.

If available, it would help if you can also bring the person's:

  • birth certificate 
  • council tax bill
  • driving licence
  • marriage or civil partnership certificate
  • NHS medical card
  • passport
  • proof of address (eg utility bill)

You’ll need to tell the registrar:

  • the date and place of death
  • the person’s full name and surname
  • any names previously used (such as a maiden name)
  • the person’s date and place of birth
  • their last address
  • their occupation
  • the full name, date of birth and occupation of a surviving or late spouse or civil partner
  • whether they were getting a state pension or any other benefits

You should also take documents to show your name and address (eg a utility bill).

It usually takes about 30 minutes for us to complete the paperwork.

Documents you’ll get from the registrar

The registrar will give you:

  • a certificate for burial or cremation known as the ‘green form’.  You’ll need this to arrange a funeral (if a death has been referred to the Coroner, they'll issue you with the green form)
  • a certificate of registration of death, called a form BD8.  You’ll need to fill this out and send it to the Department for Work and Pensions, if the person was getting a state pension or welfare benefits.

If you're sorting out the person's affairs with a bank or solicitor, you'll need to ask the registrar for a Death Certificate.  There is a charge for the certificate.  Please see our registrars' list of fees and charges'  for details. 

Tell us Once

You can use the 'Tell us Once' service when you register a death in Barnsley.  This makes it easier for you to tell council and government departments that someone has died.

We'll give you more information about Tell us Once and how you can use it when you register a death.