Register a Death in Buckinghamshire

Register a death in Buckinghamshire.

Before you register a death in Buckinghamshire, you must have a ‘Medical Certificate Cause of Death’ from the doctor or hospital, or have been contacted by the Coroner’s office to confirm that you can now register the death. (Looking for help with Probate?)  If you are looking for a family run undertaker, go here.

By law you must register a death in Buckinghamshire within 5 days unless the Coroner is investigating. Registering a death in Buckinghamshire is free, it takes about 40 minutes and the death needs to be registered in the district where it happened. In Buckinghamshire you may register at any of Buckinghamshire County Councils registration offices.

Do watch the helpful video below on the Tell us Once service, and the video on the home page, as well as downloading our free guides.

You can book an appointment to Register a death in Buckinghamshire online or call the individual registry – click the relevant link to go through to the Buckinghamshire Council page.

They do offer an online appointment booking service too.  Click through to their site to check up to date information, via the relevant link below.

To register a death in Buckinghamshire, an appointment is required and they are available from 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

If the death was in hospital the hospital bereavement officer can help you to make an appointment.

Who can register a death in Buckinghamshire?

  • A relative of the deceased
  • You were with the person when they died
  • You live where the person died and there is no known relative to register
  • You are the person instructing the funeral director

The registrar will see you in private and will ask lots questions about the person who has died.  Do download our “Guide to What the Registrar Needs to Know” to the right and fill it in before you go and take the necessary documents with you.  You will be asked to check the information given and to sign that it is correct.

When you have registered a death in Buckinghamshire.

The Buckinghamshire registrar will give you a green form to allow the funeral director to proceed with the funeral arrangement.  You will also get a white form for the Department of Works and Pensions. You can also buy copy death certificates for:

  • Probate
  • Savings accounts
  • Insurance companies and Pensions
  • Tax rebates
  • Investments, stocks, shares and premium bonds

Most of these are awful at returning death certificates, so having extra copies can speed everything up substantially, and they are much cheaper on the day.   Note that not all Registrars can accept cards, so take cash for the death certificates or check first.

Registering a death in Buckinghamshire by declaration

If you can’t readily visit the Buckinghamshire Registrar, you can go to any register office in England and Wales to register the death: however, the details will then be sent to the Buckinghamshire Registrar who will then register the death. This slows everything down by a few days, and may delay the funeral. The documents will be posted to you.

Emergency Registration of a death in Buckinghamshire

If, for example,  a burial has to be carried out within 24 hours for religious reasons,  contact Thames Valley Police on 0845 850 5505 and they will contact the Buckinghamshire Registrar for you.

The Buckinghamshire Registrar operates Tell Us Once

This is a really useful service and we urge you to take advantage of it.  The service can reduce the number of people you have to notify significantly: council housing departments, adult services, passport services and driving agencies. The registrar will take the relevant information and pass it on to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). The DWP will then pass that information on.

For more information call 0845 370 8090 or email

Register a Death in Buckinghamshire