Independent Funeral Directors

At Gateway Funerals we understand how hard death registration can be and so we are here to offer support and guidance where needed. Here, we will explain the process of registering a death but for more information please contact us.

The death must be registered in the District where the death has occurred. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland this must be done within 5 days, and in Scotland within 8 days.

Who can register a death?

  • A close relative of the person who has died
  • A relative in attendance during last illness
  • A relative living in the district where the death occurred
  • A person who was present at the time of death
  • The person arranging the funeral

Documents needed for registration

  • Medical Certificate of cause of death
  • National Health Service Medical Card (if available)
  • Birth Certificate
  • Marriage Certificates/Civil Partnership Certificates (if applicable)


Information required by the Registrar

  • The person’s full name at time of death
  • Any previous names used (including maiden name)
  • Date and place of death
  • Date and place of birth
  • Their occupation
  • Details of the surviving spouse or civil partner
  • Whether they were receiving state pension or any other benefits

Documents the Registrar will give you

Once the Registrar has all the information they require, and this has been entered in the Register, you will be given the following:

A Death Certificate

This is a certified copy of the entry in the death register. Additional copies can be purchased if required for probate, bank or building society accounts, pensions or insurance policies. Copies can be purchased at a cost of £4.00 in England and Wales, £5.50 in Northern Ireland and £8.50 in Scotland

The Registrar’s Certificate for Burial or Cremation

A green form that gives permission for the body to be buried or for an application for cremation. This document should be given to the Funeral Director as soon as possible.

A Certificate of Registration of Death (form BD8)

Issued for Social Security purposes if the person received a state pension. This needs to be completed and returned to the Pensions Department if necessary.

Dewsbury Register Office

The Town Hall

Wakefield Old Road, WF12 8DG

Tel: 01924 324733


The Register Office

22 Manor Row

Bradford, BD1 4QR

Tel: 01274 432151


Huddersfield Register Office

Huddersfield Town Hall

Ramsden Street, HD1 2TA

Tel: 01484 706206


The Register Office, Leeds Town Hall

The Headrow

Leeds, LS1 3AD

Tel: 0113 224 3622


At Gateway Funeral services we are dedicated to the care of our customers and know how hard death registration of a loved one can be. I you would like more information on death registration, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us via the contact form. Alternatively, if you need more information on what to do when someone dies please visit our information page here.