Registering a death in Barnet

Registering a death in Barnet: How & Where.

When registering a death in Barnet, do use the ‘Tell Us Once’ service which simplifies the process of informing Government Departments of the death in Barnet. Do watch the video on our home page about registering a death (and more) before you go any further. Should you need the services of a family undertaker, click.

The process of Registering a Death in Barnet.

You can register the death in Barnet as soon as you have obtained either a ‘Medical Certificate of Death’ or a Form Part B from the Coroners Office, if the death has been referred to the Coroner (which is not unusual).  If there is to be an inquest, the death in Barnet  can’t be registered until the Coroner has given permission.

Death in Barnet must be registered within 5 days – though this period may be extended – with the Registrars agreement – in certain circumstances, for example when the Coroner has been consulted. Call the Registrar immediately if you think there may problem with the 5 day deadline.

The following people could register the death in Barnet:

  • a relative, usually the closest one.
  • someone who was present at the death.
  • someone who is dealing with the funeral director.
  • another person may qualify to register a death in Barnet. Contact the Registrar for advice.

Important an executor is NOT automatically entitled to register a death in Barnet

–  unless they are also arranging the funeral.

If English is not your first language and you would like someone to help you with the registration, please feel free to ask a relative or friend to accompany you to the Barnet Register Office. But the death must be registered by one of the people listed above: a friend cannot do the job.

A death can only be registered in the registration district where it happened. If the death was inside the London Borough of Barnet then it must be registered with Barnet Registrar.

You must  do this in person at the Register Office in Burnt Oak or at Barnet House in Whetstone, by appointment only. Call the Registrar on 020 8359 6400 to book an appointment. The Register Office in Burnt Oak is open Monday to Saturday 9am to 4pm. Barnet house has the same hours except that it is not open on Saturday.

When you go to see the registrar you must take the medical cause of death certificate and you will need to give the following information: how to register a death.

The registrar will give you a death certificate and a document allowing you to organise the funeral, as well as a certificate the Department of Social Security.

If you have any further questions, or would like to make an appointment, please ring the Registrars Office on 020 8359 6400 between 9am and 4pm, Monday to Saturday.

If you urgently need a burial certificate on a Sunday or Bank Holiday, there is a limited service between 9 am-10 am. In this instance contact the out of hours team on 020 8359 2000.

 Registering a death in Barnet.