Register a Death in Essex

Register a Death in Essex – the help you need.

You must register a death in Essex within 5 days with the Registrar of Births and Deaths in the area where the person died, unless the Coroner is involved or the Registrar has given permission for any delay.  Should you need a real family undertaker go here.

You might find the video about registering a death on the home page before you read on.

If the death occurred in Essex but you don’t live nearby, it is possible to register a death in Essex with any Registrar in England or Wales. This does cause a delay as they must forward the documentation to the registration district the person died in before the formal registration can take place, so there are two sets of post – to the registrar, and then to you.  This will slow things down, possibly even the funeral.

Who may register a death in Essex:

  • Preferably a relative of the deceased.  If not, then:
  • a person present at the death;
  • someone who lives premises where the person died;
  • the person arranging the funeral with the funeral director;
  • a senior person from the hospital or home where the person died.

To make an appointment to register a death in Essex you will need to telephone Contact Essex on 0845 603 7632.

When you meet the registrar to register a death in Essex, he or she will ask a number of questions when you attend: we hope the download to the right will help you as a memory aid.

When the registration is finished you will be asked to check and to sign the entry.

The registrar of deaths in Essex will give you:

  • a green form to permit the funeral to proceed;
  • a white BD8 form to be completed and sent to the Department of Work and Pensions.

Please do buy multiple copies of the death certificate as will need to be shown to all sorts of institutions to sort out the deceased’s assets.  Many are not very good at returning them.  The death certificates are also much cheaper at the time you register a death in Essex.

On this page you will find information on how to register a birth or death or give notice of a marriage or civil partnership.

To make an appointment to register a death in Essex at any of the registration offices below please call 0845 603 7632.  Please note that registration of a death in Essex is by appointment only.

Places to Register a Death in Essex

Many of these offices are part time, so always ring and make an appointment and make sure you attend the correct place to register a death in Essex in good time.

Braintree Registration Office John Ray House Bocking End Braintree
Essex, CM7 9RW

Halstead Hospital Hedingham Road Halstead

Witham Library Newland StreetWitham

Brentwood Registration Office  1 Seven Arches Road Brentwood Essex, CM14 4JG

Basildon Registration OfficeBasildon Centre St Martins Square Basildon SS14 1DL

Billericay Registration OfficeBurghstead Lodge 143 High Street Billericay, CM12 9AB

Castle Point Registration Office Council Offices Kiln Road Thundersley Benfleet Essex, SS7 1TF

Rayleigh Registration Office The Robing Room District Council Offices Hockley Road Rayleigh, SS6 8EB

Chelmsford Registration Office 17 Market Road Chelmsford Essex, CM1 1GF

Maldon Registration OfficeCarmelite House  White Horse Lane Maldon, CM9 5FW

Colchester Registration Office Stanwell House Stanwell Street Colchester, CO2 7DL

Clacton Registration OfficeMagnet House Jackson Road Clacton on Sea CO15 1JD

Brightlingsea Registration OfficeParish Town Offices  Parish Hall Victoria Place Brightlingsea, CO7 0BP

Harwich Registration Office Fryatt Hospital 419 Main Road Dovercourt, Harwich,           CO12 4EX

Epping Registration Office St John Road Epping Essex, CM16 5DN

Harlow Registration Office Watergarden Offices College Square The High Harlow, CM20 1AG

Uttlesford Registration Office Council Offices London Road Saffron Walden CB11 4ER

Dunmow47 Stortford Road Dunmow  CM6 1DG

Register a death in Essex