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Colin J. Close Funeral Service, Peel Close, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 7JU

Registration of Death

It is normal for a death to be registered in the District in which it occurred in order to avoid unnecessary delay. However, if this presents difficulty, we will advise you about Registration by Declaration.

If the Doctor, who attended the deceased, has issued a Medical Cause of Death Certificate you will need to collect this from the Surgery or Hospital and arrange to visit the Registrar's Office as soon as is possible. You will need to make an appointment to register. Details of how to do this, what information you will need and what the Registrar can do for you will follow.

The Registrar will issue a Certificate for Burial or Cremation (known as 'The Green Form') which should be delivered to us as soon as possible. (If the Coroner has been informed, the funeral is to be a Cremation and a post-mortem has taken place, the Green Form WILL NOT be issued)

At this stage, it is advisable for you to ask the Registrar for Copies of Entry in the Register. These are referred to as the 'Death Certificates' and they will be required for any legal and financial matters concerning the deceased's estate including the cancellation of any contracts. Basically, anything that would normally require the deceased's or their representative's signature to release funds or cancel an action will require the production of a Death Certificate to legally confirm that the person has died. THERE IS A SMALL CHARGE PER COPY FOR THESE CERTIFICATES.

Information Required by the Registrar:

  • Full name of the person who has died including maiden name if applicable

  • Date and Place of Birth

  • Usual Address

  • Date and place of Death

  • Occupation

  • Marital Status

  • Name and Occupation of Marital/Civil partner

  • Date of Birth of Marital/Civil partner

  • Type of State Pension or Allowance

Documents to take with you:

  • The Medical Cause of Death Certificate

  • Medical Card (If Available)

  • Birth Certificate (If Available)

  • Marriage Certificate (If Available/Applicable)

  • Reference Number of any Government Pension other than the normal state pension

How the Registration Service can help you

Following a death, several organisations may have to be contacted and be given the same information. The Registration Service can help you to give information to the Department for Work and Pensions and they can pass on the information to a number of other government departments and local council services for you.

If you decide to use the service provided by the Registrar they can inform the following organisations:

  • Pension, Disability and Carer's Service

  • JobCentre Plus

  • Overseas Health Team

  • War Pensions Scheme

  • Child Benefit

  • Child Tax Credit & Working Tax Credit

  • Personal Taxation

  • Identity and Passport Service

  • Housing Benefit Office

  • Council Tax Benefit Office

Also, if you wish, the Registrar can also inform:

  • Local Councils

  • Council Housing

  • Council Tax

  • Libraries

  • Blue Badges

  • Adult Services

  • Children's Services

  • Collection of payment for council services

  • Electoral services

  • Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

To ensure the correct information is given to the organisations you wish to be contacted, the following information will be required:

  • The deceased's Date of Birth and National Insurance Number

  • Details of any benefits the deceased was in receipt of

  • A Copy of the Death Certificate

  • The deceased's Driving Licence or Licence Number

  • The deceased's Passport or Passport number and town/country of birth

You may also need to provide:

  • Details of the Next of Kin

  • Details of a surviving husband, wife or civil partner

  • Details of the person dealing with the estate

You must obtain permission from the persons above if you are going to provide the Registrar with their information

Dorset Registration Service - Contact Details:

Telephone - 01305 225153 or 01202 225153
Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm
Email - registrationinformation@dorsetcc.gov.uk
Local Website - www.dorsetforyou.com/tellusonce

Weymouth Office
?Weymouth Library
Great George Street

Dorchester Office
Dorset History Centre
Bridport Rd

Blandford Office
The Blandford Community Centre
Heddington Drive
Blandford Forum
DT11 7TP

Other Local Offices at:
Bridport, Christchurch, Ferndown, Gillingham, Shaftesbury, Sherborne, Swanage, Wareham, Poole.
Opening times vary in these offices.