Register a death

If a death has occurred in Sandwell it must be registered at Sandwell Register Office in West Bromwich within 5 days from when it occurred.  However, if the Coroner is involved this period may be extended.

To register a death you will need to make an appointment with the registrar. You can do that easily online.

Make an appointment to register a death

You can only book an appointment if you have been given the medical certificate of cause of death by a doctor or a relevant coroner's certificate.

What documents will you need to bring?

If they are available please bring the following documents with you when you register a death:

For the deceased:

  • National Insurance number
  • passport
  • proof of address (utility bill etc)
  • NHS medical card
  • marriage or civil partnership certificate
  • birth certificate
  • change of name document
  • driving licence
  • blue badge

For you as the person registering the death:

  • Proof of name and address.

Find out more about our bereavement service

Urgent registration of a death

An out-of-hours service is available for families who need to register a death so that an urgent burial can take place either at a weekend or a Bank Holiday.

This service is for when a burial needs to take place on the day of death or the next day.

Tell Us Once

You can save you a great deal of time and effort using our Tell Us Once service where we inform government and other council departments about somebody's death for you.

Further information