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Register a death

Who can register a death?

The person who registers the death is formally known as the 'the informant'. Only relatives or certain other individuals are qualified by law to register a death. This will also depend on where the death occurred.

Most deaths are registered by a family member. If a family member can't register the death, it can be registered by one of the following people:

  • Someone who was present at the death.
  • The person's executor or other legal representative.
  • An owner or occupier of the part of the building where the death took place if they were aware of the death.
  • The person arranging the funeral
  • The funeral director.