Registering a Death

What do I do if I have to register a death?

When someone dies the death must be registered within 5 days of the date of death.

The death must be registered in the district where it occurred, and you will need to phone the Register Office to make an appointment.

Neath Port Talbot Register office – 01639 760021

Swansea Register Office – 01792 636188

Bridgend Register Office – 01656 642391

If the death has been referred to the Coroner, the procedure is slightly different. We will advise you concerning this.

Who can register the death?

  • A relative of the deceased
  • A person present at the death
  • The occupier of the Nursing Home or Hospital where the death occurred if there is no known relative able to register.
  • The person arranging the funeral (this does not mean the Funeral Director).

What information will the registrar need?

  • The date and place of death
  • The full name and surname of the deceased, and if the deceased was a married woman or widow, her maiden surname
  • The date and place of birth
  • The last full time occupation, and if the deceased was a married woman or widow the full name and occupation of her husband
  • The usual address of the deceased
  • Whether the deceased was receiving any pension or allowance from public funds
  • Your own name and address

The Registrar will also require the following documents:

  • The Medical Certificate of Cause of Death
  • The deceased’s National Health Service medical card (if available)
  • The Registrar may also require the Birth Certificate and Marriage Certificate (if applicable) if these are readily available