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Registering a Death

By law a death has to be registered, in the registration district  where death occurred, before the funeral can take place. It is not necessary to register before starting to make provisional arrangements, however, funeral arrangements should not be treated as confirmed until the death has been registered.

In most cases a Medical Cause of Death Certificate will have been issued by the doctor who had been treating the deceased immediately before death. This certificate is collected from the Bereavement Officer if death occurred in hospital or from the normal doctor’s surgery if death occurred in a nursing home or private house.

You can make an appointment to register in Milton Keynes on their website here.

It is not advisable to attend the Register office without an appointment, you may have to wait for a long time, or not be seen at all. You will not be given an appointment until you know when the Medical Cause of Death Certificate will be available to you.

Registering a death will take under half an hour and will consist of an interview where you will be asked for the following information –

  • The date and place of death

  • The full name of the person who has died

  • Their name before they were married, if this was different

  • Their date and place of birth

  • Their job and, if they were a married woman, the full name and job of their husband

  • Their usual address

  • The date of birth of their husband or wife (if they were married)

  • Their National Health Service Medical card, if you have this.

After the death has been registered, the Registrar will issue a document which allows the funeral to take place. This should be handed to the funeral director. They will also issue copies of the entry in the register which may be required for bank accounts, insurances etc.. (There will be a charge for these.)

Please note that if the death was sudden or unexpected the Coroner may call for an inquest in which case the registering process is different from above. Please call us for advise if you are unsure.

-Please refer to the COVID-19 page on the process of registration during the pandemic-

Milton Keynes Registry Office

Address: The Superintendent Registrar, 1 Saxon Gate, East, Milton Keynes MK9 3EJ
Telephone: 01908 372101


Opening hours are 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday. Please make an appointment to see the Registrar by telephoning during office hours.

We are able to provide customers with transport to the Register Office if necessary, please call us when you have an appointment to arrange this.

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