Registering a Death
The death of a loved one can be a very traumatic and stressful time. We aim to make the process of registering the death with us as simple as possible.
- You are legally required to register the death within five days, unless a coroner is investigating the death.
- Deaths need to be registered in the district of the death and not with the district where the person lived.
- To register a death, please make an appointment online or call us on 020 8489 2605. You may come into the office up until 3pm without an appointment if you are prepared to wait.
Further information can also be found below:
- Where to register a death
- Paperwork to arrange funerals for religious reasons at weekends and Bank Holidays
- Deaths outside of Haringey
- Who needs to register a death
- Information needed to register a death
- Advising other agencies about a death
- Costs and help with funeral expenses
- Further guidance
- Supply of certificates from the historic records
- Help and Contacts
If you need to register a death that has occurred in Haringey please visit us at:
- Haringey Register Office
George Meehan House
294 High Road
George Meehan House is within Woodside Park - we are only 10 minutes walk from Wood Green Underground Station on the Piccadilly Line.
We recommend that you book an appointment online or by calling 020 8489 2605. An appointment helps to avoid delays with the registration. We can usually offer a same day appointment.
Please note: Death registration appointments are not available at weekends. If your first choice of date is not available the online booking system will offer you the next available date. Please take care to book the correct date.
Alternatively you can walk into the office without an appointment where we will see you provided you arrive no later than 3pm. At busy times you may need to wait to be seen. We can see you Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 4.30pm. We are closed on the first Thursday of each month from 1pm. You will be seen in a private office.
If you need paperwork to arrange a funeral for religious reasons at weekends and Bank Holidays please contact our out of hours line on 020 8489 0000 who will provide you with contact details for the On Call Registrar.
For deaths that have occurred outside of Haringey please contact the borough that covers the hospital or location where the death occurred (see death declarations below). Contact details are in the table below:
|Barnet General||020 8359 6400||Barnet (external link)|
|North Middlesex or Chase Farm||020 8379 8501||Enfield (external link)|
|University College or Royal Free||020 7974 1900||Camden (external link)|
|Whipps Cross||020 8496 2716||Waltham Forest (external link)|
|Whittington||020 7527 6350||Islington (external link)|
If you are unable to travel to the register office in the area of death you can travel to Haringey or to any register office in England or Wales and register the death by declaration. When a declaration is made we will take the details of the death off you and pass them on to the register office that covers the death. You will not get certificates from Haringey, certificates will be posted out to you by the borough where the death occurred.
If coming in to make a Death Declaration please confirm with the borough of death how they want to be paid in advance of your appointment. You will need to bring a form from the deceased doctor confirming how the person died or we will need paperwork from the Coroner covering the death if applicable before a Death Declaration can be made.
Deaths should normally be registered within 5 days and a death declaration should only be done if you cannot travel to the borough where the death occurred.
The death has to be registered by a qualified informant. This should be either:
- a relative who was present either at the death or during the deceased's last illness
- a person who was present at the death or is responsible for arranging the funeral (but not an undertaker)
You will need to bring with you: a medical certificate issued by a doctor stating the cause of death, or; if the death has been referred to the Coroner, informants need to speak to the Coroner for availability of the death certificate. The Coroner can be contacted on telephone number 020 8447 7680
You will be asked:
- where and when the death occurred;
- full names and any maiden surname (if applicable)
- if the deceased was married or in a civil partnership
- the full names and occupation of any married or civil partnered partner
- the deceased's date and place of birth, occupation and address.
When a death has occurred the family or appointed person will need to contact various agencies such as the Department of Work and Pensions, Blue Badges etc.
We can help you with informing some agencies of a person's death as a result of our participation in the Tell Us Once programme (external link). The Tell Us Once programme lets you report a death to most government organisations in one go. You will normally need an appointment to use this service. Please mention that you would like to use Tell Us Once when making your appointment.
Registration is free of charge. You will be given a document for the burial or cremation to take place and a certificate for social security purposes. Any other certificates you may need for your private business (eg bank, probate, etc) will cost £4 each. You may be able to get help towards the cost of a funeral. To find out more about help with funeral expenses please visit gov.uk (external link)
The Department of Work and Pensions have put together a helpful guide which you can download. The guide is called What to do after a death in England and Wales (PDF, 229KB).
Also see our help and contacts page which has details of organisations that can offer further advice and support following a bereavement.
Please fill in our death enquiry form if you have a general enquiry.
We can supply copies of births, deaths and marriage certificates that have taken place in Haringey since 1837. Copies of full certified birth, marriage and death certificates are £10 or £10 for short birth certificates. Administration charge of £15 for same day service.
You can apply for these by:
- Personal application (during opening hours)
1 hour service £30 - same day £15 in addition to certificate fee
Applications will be dealt with as soon as possible on receipt of application and fee. If applying by post, please send a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Cheques or postal orders should be made payable to the: 'London Borough of Haringey'.
For more extensive family history research, it is helpful if you can ring for an appointment by calling 020 8489 2605. The fee for a general search is £18.
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