If the cause of death is given by a Doctor, the surgery or hospital will send the Medical Attendant's Cause of Death Certificate to the appropriate register office. The registration will take place during a telephone call with an appropriate family member and they will explain when the certificates will be received.
If a Coroner is involved due to the cause of death being unclear, sudden or suspicious there are different procedures to be followed as each Coroner has their own method of issuing the Death Certificate - we will advise you if necessary.
The registration will take place in the County that death has occurred. We have listed below the local Register offices:
Neath Port Talbot:
Neath Port Talbot Register Office
Forster Road, Neath, SA11 3BN
Tel. 01639 760021 / 01639 760022
City & County of Swansea Register Office
Civic Centre (County Hall), Oystermouth Road, Swansea, SA1 3SN
Tel. 01792 637444
Bridgend County Register Office
Sunnyside, Bridgend, CF31 4AR
Tel. 01656 642391 / 642392 / 642393 / 642394
During this time Registrars are working remotely and are not conducting face-to-face registrations. Any information required by the Registrar will be taken over the telephone.
Who can register a death?
It should be registered by a near relative. It may be possible for another person to do it - if this applies please speak to us for clarification.
What will the Registrar want to know?
The deceased’s full name (including previous names, if applicable), place and date of birth, usual address, their occupation and the full name, date of birth and occupation of a surviving spouse or civil partner.
Documents the Registrar will provide:
1. Certificate allowing Burial or Cremation (Green form). This will be emailed directly to us by the registrar
2. A certificate signed by the Registrar that is required to update the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) records. This is called a BD8.
3. Finally, ‘Certified Copies’ of the Death Certificate. The original Death Certificate remains at the Register office, but the Registrar will ask you how many signed copies you would like. They charge £11.00 per copy and we would recommend getting a minimum of 3 as you will need them when dealing with the financial affairs and estate.
If you request the registrar to assist with the ‘Tell us Once’ system you will need to provide the deceased’s National Insurance number.