Registration of deaths

How to register a death

Walsall Register Office are responsible for the registration of deaths which take place in Walsall. Please telephone us on 0300 555 2847 to make an appointment.

A death must be registered within five days from when it occurred. In exceptional circumstances and if the coroner is involved this period of time can be extended. You can only register a death once you have the Medical Cause of Death Certificate from the doctor, or confirmation from the coroners that the relevant paperwork has been issued to us.

For information on deaths that happen abroad please visit the Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) website.

Tell Us Once

Losing a loved one is hard enough without the stress of paperwork and telephone calls to make. Tell Us Once aims to ease this burden by allowing you to tell multiple government agencies about a death, at the same time.  It is important they know as soon as possible and you don’t even need to leave the Register Office to notify key departments such as Housing, Council Tax, Blue Badge and Electoral Services.

When you make your appointment you will be offered this optional service.

You can find more information on our Tell Us Once Page.

Who can register a death?

The death can be registered by:

  • A relative
  • Someone present at the death
  • A senior official of the nursing ,residential home, or hospital where the death took place
  • The person making the arrangements for the funeral

Most deaths are registered by a relative of the deceased. For further advice contact the Register Office.

You will need to know:

  • Full name of the deceased
  • Date of death
  • Place of death
  • Date and place of birth (a birth certificate or passport would be helpful)
  • Last full-time occupation
  • Name of any surviving spouse or civil partner

What documents will you receive?

Once the death has been registered, the Registrar will issue:

  • a Certificate for Burial or Cremation (‘green form’) giving permission for the body to be buried or for an application for cremation to be made. This will enable you to make the funeral arrangements
  • a certificate of Registration of Death (Form BD8) issued for the Benefits Agency
  • death certificates, if required. These may be needed by the Executor or Administrator

The Coroner will issue the necessary forms if the deceased is to be buried or cremated outside of England or Wales

Please visit our fees and charges page for the price of a death certificate. Payment can be made by either cash or card.

Contact us

The Register Office
Walsall Council
Civic Centre
Hatherton Road

Telephone 0300 555 2847

Opening hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday - 9am to 4.30pm
Wednesday - 9.30am to 4.30pm

Closed Bank Holidays

This page was last updated on 23 August 2016