Death registration

If someone dies in Hull you should register the death at the Hull Register Office in the Wilson Centre.

You must book an appointment to register the death, please telephone 01482 300 300 to make an appointment. The appointment takes around 40 minutes.

Deaths should be registered within five days, although this may not be possible if the death has been referred to the Coroner for consideration.

To register a death you need a medical certificate. If the person died in hospital, the hospital gives this to you. If the person died at home, the persons doctor should give this to you. We cannot complete the registration if you do not have this document. If the death has been referred to the Coroner, the Coroners Office advises you when you can register the death.

If you cannot get into the Hull Register Office you can chose to attend a different office in England or Wales, although this will delay the issue of a death certificate and may delay the funeral. Please contact us if you are considering this option.

Who can register a death

You can register the death if you are -

  • a relative of the deceased

If a relative can't register, someone else can register if they -

  • were there at the time of the death
  • are in charge of making funeral arrangements

Information needed to register a death

You need to provide the person's -

  • full name at the time of death
  • any names previously used, for example maiden name
  • date and place of birth
  • last address
  • occupation
  • full name, date of birth and occupation of a surviving or late husband, wife or civil partner

Please make sure all the information you give when registering is correct. We recommend if possible that you bring in evidence of the persons name and address such as -

  • passport
  • driving licence
  • council tax or utility bill
  • birth or marriage certificate

This is not essential but can help ensure accuracy of the registration.

The registrar enters the details you provide on to the computer and prints the register page. You are asked to check the information carefully before you sign the page. The register page that you sign is a legal document and when signing it you are agreeing it to be an accurate record. It is very important to check your registration thoroughly before you sign it. A fee of up to £90 is applied to corrections or changes that are requested after registration.

Death certificates

When you register a death you are given a certificate -

  • for burial or cremation, sometimes referred to as the green form. This form gives permission for burial or cremation and is what you give to the funeral director
  • of Registration of Death, form BD8. This form can be used to inform the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) of the death if the person was getting a state pension or benefits

The registrar also provides you with copies of the full death certificate at a cost of £4 each. You may want to consider purchasing more than one certificate as these are needed for sorting the persons affairs. 

Certificates requested after the registration cost more and need to be ordered using our copy certificate service.

Find out more about ordering a copy certificate

Visit the GOV.UK website for more information about what to do after someone dies

Tell Us Once

When you contact us to make an appointment to register a death, we ask you if you want to use the Tell Us Once Service.

The Tell Us Once service enables you to tell other services and government departments that someone has died. The registrar gives you a unique reference number that enables you to access this service at home either online or over the telephone using a free phone number.

The unique reference number provided is valid for 28 days after the date of registration enabling you to access the service when you are ready and at your own convenience.

Visit the GOV.UK website for more information about Tell Us Once

The Wilson Centre
Alfred Gelder Street
Hull
HU1 2AG

Telephone - 01482 300 300

Opening hours
Monday 9am - 4.30pm
Tuesday 9am - 4.30pm
Wednesday 10.30am - 4.30pm
Thursday 9am - 4.30pm
Friday 9am - 4.30pm
Saturday 10am - 1pm
Sunday closed