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How Do You Get a Death Certificate When Someone Dies?

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There are so many details to go through when a loved one dies. A funeral, wake, insurance, family, and one of the last things you want to research is getting a death certificate.

Let’s go through some of the basics together. Like 'jeans and a cute top’ 👚 or ‘inspirational quotes’ basic 💖.

After someone dies and you are dealing with their estate, or arranging their funeral, you will need to get a copy of their death certificate. It’s a good idea to get a few copies so that you can give one to different organisations such as banks, the pension service, or a funeral director.

You can get a death certificate in different ways, depending on whether the death has already been registered or not. If you have not registered the death, you need to do so.

How to get a death certificate when you register a death

Anyone can apply for a copy of a death certificate. However, only specific people can register a death. The person who registers a death is normally a close relative of the deceased.

You can purchase copies of the certificate when you register a death. You just need to attend the registry office that is closest to where the person died. You will be given a green certificate that is needed for the burial or cremation.

Currently, you can expect to pay the following amounts for each copy of a certificate, depending on where you are in the UK:

  • £11 in England and Wales.
  • £15 in Northern Ireland.
  • £12 in Scotland.

The cost of buying a copy of a death certificate can increase after the death is registered. So, it makes sense to get all the copies you need at this point.

If the death has been registered, you can still get copies of the certificate online, by telephone, or by post. The process varies, depending on where you are, so let’s take a closer look.

England and Wales

You can order a death certificate online. You will need to pay £11 for each copy. If you want to use the next day service, you will have to pay £35. If you do not have the General Register Office (GRO) number, you will also need to pay a £3 search fee.

If you do not want to use the online service, you can phone the General Register Office on 0300 123 1837 or use the postal application form.

Northern Ireland

If you want to order a death certificate in Northern Ireland, you can do so online. If you prefer, you can call the General Register Office on 0300 200 7890 or use the postal application form.

You will pay £15 for one copy and £8 each for additional copies, as long as you order them at the same time. You will pay £20 for a copy if you use the priority service.

Scotland

You can order a copy of a death certificate in Scotland online. You can also call the General Register Office on 0131 314 4411 to order copies, or complete the postal request form.

You will pay £12 for each copy and £10 for each additional copy of the death certificate. If you use the priority service, you will pay £15.

Information provided on a death certificate

When you get a copy of a certificate, you are normally able to see the following information. (NOTE: this information is also needed when you are registering a death.)

  • Name, maiden name (where applicable) age, and sex of the deceased
  • Place and time of death
  • Address of the deceased
  • Occupation of the deceased
  • Cause of death
  • Place and time of the registration
  • Name of the person who registered the death
  • Name of the registrar

Once you have a death certificate, you can use it to help arrange a funeral or deal with an estate. You can also use a death certificate if you are researching your family tree.


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