Registering A Death

Once the medical certificate has been issued the death must be registered at a registry office in the county where the death occurred within 5 working days. Registration must be made by a person deemed to be a qualified informant, this will usually be the next-of-kin or executor. The Registrar or ourselves will advise you about this and answer any questions you may have.


Below are details of the local registry offices:

STEVENAGE OFFICE
Danesgate, Stevenage. SG1 1WW
Telephone: 0300 1234045

Website: www.hertsdirect.org


CAMBRIDGE OFFICE
Castle Lodge, Shire Hall, Cambridge, CB3 0AP
Telephone: 03450 451363

( Please note that on certain days, deaths can now be registered at Addenbrookes Hospital, talk to the bereavement office for further information )


 Please note, deaths can no longer be registered in Royston.


Once registration has taken place, you will receive the following items:

  • A certificate for burial or cremation.

This is a green form which should be brought to ourselves as soon as possible in order for the arrangements for the funeral to be completed. This in turn will be lodged with either the relevant crematorium or burial authority.


  • A SF200 form

This has to be completed and returned to the D.W.P. to stop any pension entitlement and /or stop any national insurance requests.


  •  Certified copies of the entry. (commonly known as the death certificates)

These may be needed for Assurance society policies, Post office & bank accounts, Pensions, investments, etc.


There is a charge for these certified copies payable in cash to the Registrar.

If the death has been referred to the Coroner, registration cannot take place until his enquiries are completed. The coroners officer will keep you informed about this and the Coroner will issue his own certificates after which you will be able to register the death.

If you think you may be eligible to any financial help from the Department of Work & Pensions (Social Fund) towards the cost of the funeral, a leaflet and application form should be available from the Registrar’s office.