Register a Death/Order a Death Certificate

Doctors paperwork

  • Please call 020 8489 2605 or 020 8489 1775 to make a death registration appointment - do not come to George Meehan House
  • Doctors must send all death-related paperwork to deathsupport@haringey.gov.uk
  • Do not accept a medical certificate from a doctor - ask them to send it to us by email to avoid any delays

We can only register a death with paperwork sent to us directly from the doctor or the Coroners Team. We cannot accept the paperwork from anybody else.

On Bank Holidays and at weekends, the duty registrar can be contacted for urgent faith requirements by calling 020 8489 1000.


Where to register a death

We continue to register deaths and all deaths are registered by telephone. To make a death registration appointment call 020 8489 2605 and choose option 7 to speak to the registrar - do not come to George Meehan House. Between Tuesday 29/12/2020 and Thursday 31/12/2020 only please call 020 8489 1775 to make an appointment to register a death. When we are closed please call 020 8489 1000 if for faith reasons you need to arrange a funeral for before the next working day.

All paperwork must be sent by the certifying doctor to deathsupport@haringey.gov.uk We cannot accept paperwork off anybody else. Support for doctors can be found on our Support for Doctors when certifying a death page

A death can only be registered by the Register Office in the area where the death occurred - please note that there are no hospitals in Haringey (the North Middlesex Hospital is in Enfield and the Whittington Hospital in Islington).

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Who can register a death

Deaths can be registered by the following:

  • A relative present at the death
  • Another relative
  • Person present at the death
  • Person arranging the funeral
  • Funeral director arranging the funeral with the agreement of the deceased family
  • The occupier of a building where somebody died such as the manager of a care home

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How to register a death

Given the current COVID-19 situation, almost all registrations will now be done by phone. To make an appointment call 020 8489 2605. We are sorry, but appointments to register a death cannot be made online at the moment.

We will offer you a time slot for when a registrar will call you to do the registration. Please be available from 20 minutes before this time. We will aim to call you on time, but there may be a delay calling you - we apologise if this happens.

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What we need from you to register a death

The registration of a death can change depending on whether there has been a post mortem (autopsy) or not. More information on what a post mortem is can be found on the NHS website (external link).

  • If there has been a post mortem (autopsy), we will need a form from the coroner confirming cause of death (Form B) The coroner will send this form to us directly.
  • If there has not been a post mortem (autopsy), we will need the doctor certifying the death to send a copy of a 'Medical Certificate of Cause of Death' - also known as MCCD or Med A - confirming how the person died to deathsupport@haringey.gov.uk. Please ensure that the doctor clearly prints their name and General Medical Council (GMC) number on the form.

The following doctors can fill in the MCCD:

  • A doctor who attended to the deceased during the last 28 days of life
  • Another doctor that has access to the deceased person's medical notes where the person was seen by a doctor within the last 28 days before death and is satisfied of the cause of death
  • A doctor that is satisfied of the cause of death after seeing the deceased medical notes and has seen the body after death 

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What you need to know about the deceased

There are a number of things you will need to know about the deceased when we call you to do the registration including:

  • The person's full name and if they have any other names either now or in the past
  • The person's usual address
  • What was their last occupation (job)
  • The maiden name of a lady who was married
  • The name of a current or deceased wife, husband or civil partner
  • The deceased NHS number if known

The following document contains the full list of everything that will be needed:

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How long will my appointment take?

Your appointment should take around 30 minutes.

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How will I get my death certificates?

Please order and pay for certificates online via our Certificates and Corrections page.

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How do I arrange the funeral?

  • Please contact the funeral director of your choice to begin the process of arranging a funeral. They will then advise on the options available to you and make suitable arrangements for your loved one
  • If there has not been a post mortem, or there has been a post mortem and the person is being buried, we will issue a green form for the funeral director. A copy of this form will be emailed to you or the funeral director
  • If there has been a post mortem and the person is being cremated the coroner will issue paperwork to the funeral director for the cremation
  • We appreciate that any loss is a difficult event and everyone will react differently. However, we ask that funerals are held without delay. This is so that all Londoners can say goodbye to their loved ones in the way that is right for them. Support for Londoners and their families can be found on the London Assembly website (external link)
  • Any delays in the arranging or holding of funeral services risks the ability of London’s funeral care sector to cope if the numbers of deceased rise steeply. By arranging a funeral service promptly, you will be helping every other bereaved person in London to have the respectful, dignified funeral that you would wish for your loved one
  • At this time Londoners can continue to arrange dignified, respectful, and meaning-filled funerals to say goodbye to their loved ones, in line with their faith or belief and wishes
  • During the pandemic, funeral services across London may be shorter than usual. Your Funeral Director will be able to explain the current situation to you and help you create a funeral that is in line with your wishes and current restrictions
  • The number of people who can attend a funeral in England is set into law. It remains under review by the Secretary of State, but any changes will require a new law to be passed. Therefore delaying a funeral in the hope that more people can attend, if the law changes, may end up causing more distress and anguish for the deceased’s loved ones
  • To date, the overwhelming majority of London residents have arranged funeral services without delay

See the latest government information on funerals - GOV.UK (external link).

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Register a death after an inquest

If there has been an inquest (a type of court hearing to determine how a person died) there is no need to contact us to register the death. The death will be registered by us. Once the Inquest has been concluded please order certificates online via our Certificates and Corrections page.

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Tell Us Once: Advising other agencies about a death

Tell Us Once is a government service to inform government and local government departments that a person has died. Please see the Tell Us Once page for more information on how to complete the online form.

We will give you a reference number when you register a death that you will need to use when completing the online form.

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Register a death urgently including for faith or other reasons

We will do everything we can to assist you with faith deaths or where a funeral needs to take place before the next working day. During working hours please call us on 020 8489 2605 and ask the doctor to send a 'Medical Certificate of Cause of Death' - also known as MCCD or Med A - confirming the cause of death to deathsupport@haringey.gov.uk. Please ensure that the doctor clearly prints their name and General Medical Council (GMC) number on the form

We will assist all callers regardless of faith where there is a need to have a funeral before the next working day.

When we are closed please call 020 8489 0000 for death related assistance only. Urgent paperwork is typically issued between 9am and 11am on the days that we are closed. Please try to obtain an email address for the funeral director before calling us. You may also call 020 8489 1775 which we will answer when we can but this cannot be guaranteed outside of normal hours.

Emails can also be sent to registrars@haringey.gov.uk and we will respond to as many enquiries as quickly as possible. Please include a phone number when emailing us. If you send an email we advise to call us too.

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Other death-related queries

Bodies going outside England or Wales

A register office cannot issue paperwork to allow a body to go outside England or Wales. If a person died in Haringey (not in a hospital, as there are no hospitals in Haringey), the death will be registered by Haringey but paperwork for the body to leave England will be issued by the Coroner directly to the funeral director. Please speak to your funeral director or the Coroner covering Haringey for further advice:


Costs and help with Funeral Expenses

Death 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 will cost £11 each. You may be able to get help towards the cost of a funeral (external link).


Guide: what to do after a death

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) have put together a helpful guide available for download:


Haringey Register Office

George Meehan House
294 High Road
Wood Green
N22 8YX

Tel: 020 8489 2605 (Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm)
Email: registrars@haringey.gov.uk

Page last updated:

8 April 2021

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