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Registering a death

Due to the outbreak of Covid-19 death registration appointments will now take place by phone.

How to get the death certificate

They can either be:

  • posted
  • collected

If you collect it we will hand it to you through the door hatch as our building is closed to the public.

Registering a death by phone

You will be allocated an approximate time slot. Make sure you are available for at least 15 minutes before and after this time slot. The call will be from a withheld number.

If we don’t have the right phone number for you and can’t get through, you will need to re-book the registration.

If you can't speak English

We do not currently have an interpreter service. If you can't speak English please arrange for the death to be registered by an English speaking informant.

Registering a stillbirth or neonatal death

If you need to register a stillbirth or neonatal death:

  • book an appointment to register a death
  • select stillbirth or neonatal death
  • enter your information

and we will call you to register the death.

Cost of a death certificate

Death certificates cost £11 each and they are currently restricted to two per registration.

Ordering a copy death certificate

If you require a copy death certificate urgently from us please be aware the register office is closed to customers. You may collect it but you will not be allowed into the building.

The medical certificate cause of death (MCCD)

We will need the medical certificate issued by the doctor or hospital. We cannot register the death if we do not have the medical certificate cause of death (MCCD).

If the death occurred in Lewisham Hospital this will be sent to us directly from the Hospital Liaison Officer.

If the death was referred to the coroner the relevant paperwork will be sent directly from the Coroner's office to the register office.

If the death occurred at home and you are in possession of the original MCCD please bring it to Lewisham register office before the appointment and post it through our letterbox.

If the MCCD is still at your GP's office tell them to email it to us at register.office@lewisham.gov.uk.

Details we will need for your appointment

You need to make sure that all information including spellings and dates is correct. Any corrections needed after the registration is done may delay the funeral process and will cost £90.

Details of the person who has died

  • Full legal name (including middle names)
  • Have they been known by any other names (include name changes and/or maiden name)
  • Date of death
  • Place of death
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Were they retired when they died
  • Occupation of the deceased or their occupation before they retired
  • Their usual address
  • Marital status

Details of their spouse (if relevant)

  • Name
  • Occupation
  • Address

Details of the person registering the death

  • Name
  • Address
  • Relationship to the person who has died

Details of the funeral directors

  • Name of funeral directors
  • Funeral directors telephone number
  • Funeral directors email address

Supporting documentation

To help you ensure that the information recorded is accurate it may be useful for you to have some supporting documents for the person who has died, including:

  • passport
  • proof of address (utility bill etc.)
  • birth certificate
  • change of name deed (if applicable)
  • marriage certificate (if applicable) / civil partnership certificate (if applicable)