To make an appointment to register a death please contact your nearest registration office from the list below.
The telephone number for ALL offices is 0345 603 7632
All meetings are by appointment only
Brentwood Registration Office: Monday – Friday 09.00 – 17.00
1 Seven Arches Road, Brentwood, CM14 4JG
Basildon Registration Office: Monday – Friday 09.00 – 17.00
Basildon Centre, St. Martins Square, Basildon. SS14 1DL
Billericay Registration Office: Tuesday 09.00 – 17.00
Burghstead Lodge, 143 High Street, Billericay, CM12 9AB
Castle Point Registration Office: Monday – Friday 09.00 – 17.00
Kiln Road, Thundersley, SS7 1TF
Rayleigh Registration Office: Monday – Friday 09.00 – 13.00
The Robing Room, District Council Offices, Hockley Road,
Rayleigh, SS6 8EB
If a person dies at home, you will need to contact their GP to certify death. Once this has been done, you should contact a funeral director who will come and take the person to a chapel of rest. If the person dies in hospital a funeral director will need to be contacted so that they can collect the person from the hospital.
Registering a death
Generally, a death needs to be registered within five days and it is advisable to do this at the office in the area in which the person died.
Documents you need to give to the registrar:
Certificate of Cause of Death (signed by a doctor)
Marriage/Civil Partnership certificates
NHS Medical card/National Insurance Number
At the register office you will be issued with:
“Certificate for Burial or Cremation” (also called a green form). You should give this to the funeral director as soon as possible.
A “Certificate of Registration of Death” which you will need to fill in and send to the social security office for the area where the person died.
It may be necessary for you to close bank accounts and pension schemes, claim insurance etc. and you will need to have copies of the Death Certificate for this. You may buy copies from the registrar and fees will vary from one area to another.
The following people can register a death:
Any relative of the person who has died
Any person present at the death
A person who lives in the house where the person died
The person arranging the funeral (not the funeral director)
You will need to have a simple interview with the registrar but this is nothing to worry about – it is just to gather information. The information that the registrar will need is:
The full name of the person who has died.
If the person has always been known by a nickname or a shortened version of their Christian name, it is important that you give the full, correct name.
Their full address
Their date of birth
Details of where and when the person died
Their occupation if any.
If the person who has died is a married woman, you will need to give her maiden name and her husband’s full name and occupation.