A death must be registered within 5 days, unless a coroner is involved.
All deaths should be registered with the Registrar in the area where the death occurred.
Following legislation brought in by Government, the registration of a death or still-birth may, during the Coronavirus outbreak only, be completed by telephone. We are not offering face-to-face appointments during this period. Please complete the online 'pre-registration' form. The Registrar will then telephone you to complete the registration.
If they are available, please consult the following documents before you complete the online pre-registration form.
- council tax bill or utility bill
- driving licence
- marriage or civil partnership certificate
- birth certificate, deed poll document
- NHS medical card
This will help the Registrar to make sure the record is correct. Don't worry if you can't find some of the documents, we can register the death without them as long as you know the information.
The Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD) will be sent to us direct electronically from the hospital or GP surgery. The form authorising the funeral will not be given/sent to the informant. We will send this direct, electronically to the cemetery or crematorium where the funeral is to take place.
We are currently unable to process any certificate applications. Please order any certificates required with the General Register Office here.
If the death occurred in Bedford Borough on or after 1 January 2020 please e-mail your contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org and a registration officer will call you.
Make a change to the record or certificate
Use GOV.UK's correct a death registration if you need to correct the information on a certificate.