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Register a death

Every death must be registered in the area where the person died as soon as possible, and within 5 days of the death at the latest (unless the Coroner is investigating the circumstances of the death).

The information below is relevant to deaths in England or Wales. Please go to the moving a body to/from England and Wales page for information about other countries.

Tell Us Once

When someone dies, many different organisations need to be told. This service means that you will only have to tell about someone's death once; we will then share the information with other organisations. This service is only available at Caernarfon, Bangor, Pwllheli and Dolgellau registry offices. More information is to be found in the attachment. 


Register the death of a person who lived and died in Gwynedd
The death needs be registered at any of Gwynedd’s registry offices by prior arrangement. The registration will take about 30 minutes. To arrange an appointment to register a death please call: 01766 771000.

Register the death of a person who lived in Gwynedd but died outside Gwynedd
The death needs to be registered in the area where the person died – not where the person lived. If this is not practical you can give a declaration of the death at any of Gwynedd’s registry offices and the details will then be sent to the registration office in the area where the person died. Registering a death by giving a declaration can delay the funeral as the relevant documents need to be sent through the post rather than given to you in person. For further information or advice, please call 01766 771000.

Register the death of a person who lived outside Gwynedd but died in Gwynedd
The death needs to be registered at one of Gwynedd’s registry offices by prior arrangement. If this is not practical you can give a declaration of the death at a registration office in the area where the person lived and the information will then be sent on to Gwynedd. However, registering a death by giving a declaration can delay the funeral as the relevant documents need to be sent through the post rather than given in person. For further information or advice, or to arrange an appointment to register a death, please call 01766 771000.
 

Who should register the death?

Anyone can call to arrange an appointment to register a death. However, there is a responsibility on one of the persons named below to register the death (in order of priority).

  1. A relative to the deceased (usually the next of kin)
  2. A person who was present at the time of death 
  3. Owner/manager of the residential home/hospital where the person died
  4. The person responsible for arranging the funeral (e.g. friend or lawyer)

There are other examples – contact us on 01766 771000 for advice.


Which documents/information is needed to register a death?

You will need the medical death certificate to register a death. You will be given this certificate from the hospital or from the doctor who was caring for the deceased. You will also need the following information about the person who has died:

To register the death of a person under 16 years old:

  • full name
  • date of birth 
  • place of birth 
  • home address
  • occupation of both parents.

 

To register the death of a person over 16 years old:

  • full name
  • date of birth
  • place of birth
  • home address
  • occupation of the deceased
  • if you have the person’s medical card, please bring it with you, although it will be possible to register without it
  • if the deceased was a married woman or in a civil partnership, we will also need to know her maiden name, as well as her partner’s full name, date of birth and occupation.

What if a post-mortem is held?
If a post-mortem is held please wait for the coroner's instruction before contacting us. Once the corner is happy for us to register the death, he will send us the appropriate documents.


The death certificate

Copies of the death certificate can be purchased at the appointment to register the death. Please bare in mind that a number of establishments will ask for a copy of the death certificate when you close bank accounts etc, therefore it is likely you will want to purchase more than one copy of the death certificate.

  • Cost
    £4.00 each during the registration.
  • How to pay?
    You can pay during the appointment with cash, debit or credit cards, cheque or postal order made payable to ‘Gwynedd Council’.

Additional copies of death certificates can be purchased at any time. For prices of additional copies go to the copies of death certificates page on this website.


Error on death certificate
If you believe there is an error on a death certificate, please contact us by calling 01766 771000.

For further information call us on: 01766 771000.


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Last updated: 03/12/2013
 
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