Taunton Registry Office, Old Municipal Buildings, Corporation Street, Taunton, TA1 4AQ
You should register the death within 5 days.
You can go to any register office but if you use the one in the area where the person died you’ll be given the documents you’ll need on the day.
If you use a different register office the documents will be sent to the office in the area where the person died before they’re issued to you. This means you’ll usually wait a few days.
Registering the death will take about 30 minutes - you might need to make an appointment.
Please see the contact details above for Taunton Registry Office.
Who can register the death?
You can register the death if you’re:
Someone present at the death
An administrator from the hospital
The person making arrangements with the funeral directors
What you need to do
Take the medical certificate showing the cause of death (signed by a doctor) with you.
If available (but don’t worry if not), also take the person’s:
Council Tax bill
Marriage or civil partnership certificate
NHS medical card
Proof of address (eg utility bill)
What You’ll need to tell the Registrar
The person’s full name at the time of death
Any names previously used, eg maiden name
The person’s date and place of birth
Their last address
The full name, date of birth and occupation of a surviving or late spouse or civil partner
Whether they were getting a State Pension or any other benefits
You should also take supporting documents that show your name and address (eg a utility bill) but you can still register a death without them.
Documents you’ll receive from the Registrar
When you register a death you’ll get:
A Certificate for Burial or Cremation (the ‘green form’) - gives permission for burial or an application for cremation
A Certificate of Registration of Death (form BD8) - you may need to fill this out and return it if the person was getting a State Pension or benefits (the form will come with a pre-paid envelope so you know where to send it)
You can buy extra death certificates - these will be needed for sorting out the person’s affairs.