Register a death
All deaths must be registered within 5 days, unless a coroner is investigating the circumstances of the death.
If you are unable to book within 5 days, just make an appointment as soon as possible. If you cannot find one in your immediate area, we suggest looking at other locations across Kent that may have more availability.
Please only book an appointment if the doctor or hospital have made you aware that the paperwork has been sent to us.
To book an appointment to register a death, you must be either:
- a relative of the deceased
- a person who was present at the death
- an administrator from the hospital where the person died
- a person arranging the funeral with the funeral director.
Registering a death can be an emotional experience. You could ask a close friend or family member to come with you for support. Don’t worry if you get upset during the appointment. The registrar will know you are grieving and try their best to help you.
You can register a death at the following libraries and gateways:
- Ashford Gateway Plus
- Canterbury Library (The Beaney)
- Cliftonville Library
- Danson House, Bexleyheath
- Dartford Library
- Dover Library
- Faversham Library
- Gravesend Library
- Herne Bay Library
- Hythe Library
- Maidstone Library
- Ramsgate Library
- Sevenoaks Library
- Sittingbourne Library
- Swanley Library
- Tonbridge Library
- Tunbridge Wells - The Amelia
- Whitstable Library.
The registration service is free of charge.
There is a charge for buying copies of the death certificate. The registrar will discuss this with you.
What we need from you
When you are with the registrar, they will need to know some information about the person who has died and your relationship to them to be able to complete the death register.
It's common to feel confused and find it hard to concentrate, which can make answering lots of questions a stressful experience. It may help to read through our guidance (PDF, 64.4 KB) to find out what information we need from you.
What we will give you
After the registration entry is complete the registrar will give you:
- a certificate for burial or cremation (form 9) a green form to give to the funeral director. If the death has been referred to the coroner and the funeral is a cremation, the equivalent form will be sent by the coroner to your funeral director
- a certificate of registration of death (BD8 form) a white form to be completed and sent by you, with any benefit or pension details to the Department of Work and Pensions.
When someone dies there are lots of things that need to be organised, at a time when you probably least feel like doing them. However we are here to support you.
Tell Us Once
The Tell Us Once service lets you report a death to most government organisations in one go. At your appointment, the registrar will explain the process and they will either:
- complete the Tell Us Once service with you
- give you a unique reference number so you can use the service yourself online or by phone.
Banks and other financial organisations
You must contact the person’s bank and their mortgage, pension or insurance providers to close or change the details of their accounts.
You will need to produce a death certificate when you are arranging the finances of the person who has died.
After the death registration
Once you have registered the death the next steps are to arrange a funeral and to inform others of the death.
Death certificates may be needed for:
- banks and building societies
- insurance companies
- national saving accounts
- property matters that 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.
You can buy copies of the death certificate for a small fee.
These can be bought on the day of registration or after the registration process.
- funeral arrangements, including local funeral directors, cremations, burial costs and cemetery plot fees
- memorials, including benches and trees
- financial support
- cemetery and burial ground records.
Visit your district council's website for more information:
- Ashford Borough Council
- Canterbury City Council
- Dartford Borough Council
- Dover District Council
- Folkestone and Hythe District Council
- Gravesham Borough Council
- Maidstone Borough Council
- Medway Council
- Sevenoaks District Council
- Swale Borough Council
- Thanet District Council
- Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council
- Tunbridge Wells Borough Council.
The Royal Mail offer a redirect post service.
You can complete the special circumstances form and take it to your local Post Office - you can’t do it online or by post. The Post Office will need to see a death certificate or proof of power of attorney.
The Bereavement Register Service can reduce the amount of unwanted marketing post being sent to them, stopping painful daily reminders.
By registering with their free service, the names and addresses of the deceased are removed from mailing lists, stopping most advertising mail within as little as 6 weeks.
Bereavement and grief support
Experiencing different emotions when grieving is normal. It's important to remember we all react in our own way. Sometimes having someone to talk to about how you feel can be very helpful.
Don’t be afraid to talk to close friends and family about your grief. You might want to consider bereavement counselling to help you. You may also need to tell your employer if you will need time off work.
For help and support visit: