reg top death

A death should be registered within 5 days in the town where the death occurred. This may not be where the deceased person lived.

If the death occurred at Southampton General Hospital, Royal South Hants Hospital, the Spire Hospital or at a home address within the Southampton City Council boundary you can book your appointment at Southampton Register Office.

If the person you wish to register died at

When the death has been referred to the Coroner you will need to contact us first to confirm that the necessary paperwork has been received.


During the registration we will also set up the Tell us Once service for you. This will let you report a death to most government organisations in one go.

If you're not sure:

  • who can register a death
  • what documents you will need to take with you
  • what other information you will need about the deceased

Please read the following information on registering a death on gov.uk

After the registration is complete you will be issued with the following documents

  • a certificate for burial or cremation which the funeral director will need to arrange the funeral. In some cases the Coroner may have already issued the necessary certificate.
  • certified death certificates will be issued at the time of the registration. The current statutory fee is £4.00 per certificate. Payment can be made by cash or debit/credit card.

How long is my appointment?

A death registration appointment lasts about 30 minutes.

If you are not able to register the death in the town it occurred in you can make a declaration of the facts at any Register Office in England or Wales. You should telephone them first for an appointment. Please note that using this process may delay the funeral arrangements and there is no charge for registering a death by declaration at another office.

Register with The Deceased Preference Service to stop any mail.

Information about wills, probate and inheritance can be found on gov.uk