Register a Death

Our registrars are here to help you with death registration

When to register a death

A death must be registered within five days. This can only be extended in exceptional circumstances, or if the coroner is involved. You can register a death from Monday to Friday, between 9am and 4pm by appointment only.

To book an appointment with a Registrar

Please phone 01202 454945 to book an appointment, You can call at the following times:

  • Monday - Thursday, 8.30 am to 5.15 pm.
  • Fridays, 8.30 am to 4.15 pm

You can register a death if you are 

  • A relative.
  • Someone present at the death.
  • An occupant of the nursing/residential home/official from the hospital where the death took place.
  • The person making the arrangements with the Funeral Directors.
  • The person who found the body.
  • The person in charge of the body. 

If at all possible, registration should take place in the district where the death occurred. If your friend or relative died in Bournemouth but you would find it difficult to get to our offices you can make a 'Death by Declaration' registration at your local Register Office. You won't be able to have the Certificates on the day you register if you do this. Your local Register Office can only take the information and send it to us, we will then issue certificates.

To help us complete the registration accurately, please bring the following documents when you come to register the death: 

  • A medical certificate of cause of death from the doctor or coroner
  • The deceased’s passport, birth certificate, marriage/civil partnership certificate
  • The deceased's National Health Service (NHS) medical card
  • A utility bill of the deceased's

There’s no fee for registering a death but certificates cost £4.00 each. You can pay this by cash or card.

PLEASE NOTE: From the 1 November the government will be introducing a fee of up to £90 for corrections to death entries. Therefore, it is vital that all the information provided to the Registrar during the registration is correct and documents checked before signing.

Copies of the death certificate can be ordered by telephone and paid for by credit or debit card. Alternatively, complete an application for a copy certificate and post it in to us, along with a cheque made payable to 'Bournemouth Borough Council'.  

Special arrangements

For more information on how we can help you, please read our Bereavement Guide.


Contact Us


Registration Services

01202 454945


Registration Services

Town Hall, Bourne Avenue


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