When should a death be registered?
A death should be registered within five days unless the coroner is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death.
Where can I register a death?
A death should be registered in the district where it occurred. If the person died within Monmouthshire you need to make an appointment with the Monmouthshire register office.
Details of the death may be given at another register office by making a declaration. In this case the necessary documents cannot be issued immediately but will be sent to you in the post from the Monmouthshire office when the declaration has been received. Please contact our office if you need further information.
Do I need to make an appointment?
You do need to make an appointment to register a death. We will meet our appointment times as closely as possible.
You can see the registrar at Nevill Hall Abergavenny or the Community Hubs in Chepstow or Monmouth. Appointments can be made by phoning the register office on the number below:
The Register Office
Monmouthshire County Council
Tel: 01873 735435
Why do I need to register a death?
You are legally required to register a death. You need to register a death to obtain documents for the funeral director and for dealing with the deceased’s estate.
Who can register the death?
The following people, in order of preference, are legally required to register a death:
- a relative who was present at the death
- a relative
- a person present at the death
- the occupier of the premises where the death occurred, if he/she was aware of the death
- the person arranging the funeral (this does not mean the funeral director)
You must bring a medical certificate of cause of death issued by the doctor or hospital who was treating the deceased.
How much does it cost to register a death?
There is no charge to register the death, however, death certificates cost £4.00 each on the day of registration. This increases to £7 the following day and to £10 after 28 days.
After the death has been registered, if you discover a mistake in the entry, there will be a fee of up to £90 to correct the entry in the register. Please contact the registrar for advice.
Tell us Once
When someone has died, the death needs to be registered with the Registrar. Once that’s done, several other organisations may have to be contacted and given the same information.
We can help you to give the information to a number of other government departments and local council services for you, including:
- Department for Work and Pensions
- Ministry of Defence, Service Personnel and Veterans Agency
- HM Revenue & Customs
- Identity and Passport Service
- Local Councils
- Council Housing Benefits
- Council Tax Libraries
- Blue Badges Adult Services
- Electoral services
- Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency
You need to have registered the death before you can use the service. The Tell Us Once service is offered during the same appointment but, if you prefer to use the service at some other time after registering the death you may do so by telephone or online. If you would like to speak to someone on the phone please call the Department for Work and Pensions on 0800 085 7308. The lines are open Monday to Friday between 8am and 8pm.
To make an appointment to register a death and use the Tell Us Once service please call 01873 735435. We are open from Monday to Thursday between 9am and 4.30pm and Friday between 9am and 4.00pm.