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.
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
- 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.
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.