Death certificates

Death certificates are only available after the death has been registered by a family member or other qualified informant.

You may need to order multiple copies of a death certificate for:

  • banks and building societies
  • insurance companies
  • national saving accounts
  • property matters may be being dealt with by a solicitor (they can copy and certify at a cost if more than one needed)
  • stocks and shares
  • redirecting post.

Apply for a copy of a death certificate

We hold records of all deaths that have occurred in the Kent and Bexley Registration Districts since 1 July 1837. Any death certificates before this date may be found via our Kent History and Library Centre.

Or find out how to obtain a copy of a death certificate if:

What we need from you

To order a copy of a death certificate we need to know:

  • full name of deceased
  • date of death
  • name and address of place of death
  • maiden name (if applicable).

How to apply

You can apply online, by phone, or by post. We'll post your certificate within 5 working days. Certificates cannot be emailed.

  • Apply online.
  • Call 03000 419 300 - open 9am to 4:45pm Monday to Friday (open from 10am on Thursdays).
  • To apply by post download a printable application form (PDF, 775.3 KB) (this document is not accessible to those using assistive technology) and return it to: 
    • The Certificate Centre, Kent County Council, Births, Deaths, Marriages and Partnerships, 39 Grove Hill Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 1EP.

Fees for death certificates

  • Issued on the day of registration: £11.
  • Issued after the registration, order processed within 5 working days and sent 2nd class post: £11.
  • Express service for certificates issued on the day of application before 3pm and sent 1st class post: £35 (£11 plus £24 express fee).

Certificates can be paid by debit, credit card, or cheque or postal order made payable to Kent County Council