Register a death

You are legally required to register a death within 5 days. The death must be registered at the Register Office where the death took place.

If the death is being investigated, with a coroner being involved, the death may be registered after 5 days.

If the investigation leads to an inquest then the registration will take place once the inquest has been held.

The coroner will contact the family when they are able to get a death certificate from the Register Office.

Who can register the death

  • a relative who was present at the death
  • a relative in attendance during the last illness
  • a relative living in the London Borough of Wandsworth
  • a person who was present at the death
  • an occupant of the house
  • the person arranging the funeral (not the funeral director)

A person arranging the funeral should only register a death if there are no relatives available.

Deaths in Wandsworth

The Register Office operates a walk in service from Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm.

If you prefer, you can book an appointment in advance.

Deaths at St George's hospital

It is now possible to register a death at St George's hospital on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

To arrange an appointment with the registrar, please contact the Bereavement Officer at St George's.

  • Bereavement services: 020 8725 3410

Deaths outside of Wandsworth

If the deceased passed away outside of Wandsworth, we are able to complete a declaration for the Register Office in the area the deceased passed away.

You will not be issued with a death, burial, or cremation certificate at the declaration. It needs to be posted to the relevant office for them to complete the registration.

The relevant documents will be posted out to you after the registration has been completed. If it is not convenient to come to the Wandsworth Register Office then you can go to any register office in England and Wales to provide the particulars required for registration. That register office will forward the details to us and we will register the death.

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