Registering a death

In order to register a death you will need to complete the following steps.

Get a medical cause of death certificate from the doctor at the GP surgery or hospital

If the death has been referred to the coroner you will need to wait until the coroner contacts you.

Register the death in the district where the death occurs

To register a death you must be:

  • a relative of the deceased,
  • someone present at the death,
  • a senior administrator where the death occurred, or
  • the person instructing the funeral director.

You must come into the Cardiff Register Office in person to register the death. If this is a problem for you, please call 029 2087 1680.

Please phone to make an appointment.


Appointments take around 30 – 45 minutes, although in some cases the registrar may have to refer to the coroner which could mean that the registration may be delayed.

You will need the following information at your appointment:

  • date and place of death
  • full name of the deceased (maiden name if appropriate)
  • date and place of birth of the deceased
  • deceased’s occupation and the full names and occupation of their spouse
  • deceased’s usual address
  • whether the deceased was in receipt of a pension from public funds
  • if the deceased was married, the date of birth of the spouse
  • National Health Services number of the deceased, if known, or the medical card itself, if available, should be handed to the registrar. Please do not delay registration if the medical card is not available.

Arrange the funeral

You can find out more about arranging a funeral in Cardiff on the Cardiff Bereavement Services website.

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