When someone dies, a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD) is required. If the death occurs at home, the deceased’s GP may be in a position to issue this, and similarly, if the death occurs in a hospital, the doctor will usually provide this. If these medical professionals are not able to issue an MCCD for any reason, the death is reported to the coroner.
Investigating all aspects of the death, the coroner will establish whether a post mortem examination is required in order to establish the cause of death and clarify whether the coroner is able to give permission for an MCCD to be issued.
Furthermore, the coroner’s office will produce any paperwork required by the funeral director and may also, in some circumstances, register the death as well. For more information, download and read this very helpful guide by The Ministry of Justice.
In England and Wales, a death must be registered by the Registrar of Births and Deaths for the area in which the death occurred. The death must be registered within 5 days unless a coroner is involved. You may register the death if you are:
Registration of a Death
A Close Relative of the Deceased
A Relative in Attendance during the Last Illness
A Relative in the District Where the Death Occurred
A Person Present at the Death
The Person Arranging the Funeral
In order to register a death, you will require several important documents, including:
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The Medical Cause of Death Certificate (MCCD) from a GP
The Deceased's National Health Medical Card
Birth Certificate and Marriage Certificate
Additionally, the registrar requires the following information:
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Full Name of Deceased
Date and Place of Death
Date and Place of Birth
Date of Birth of Surviving Partner
Whether the Deceased Was in Receipt of a Pension or Allowance from Public Funds
If the deceased was a married woman, they also require the following:
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Husband’s Full Name (Even If Deceased)
Husband’s Last Occupation (Even If Deceased)
Lastly, they require the following from the informant:
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Full Name of Informant
The registrar will provide you with two certificates, one Green and one White. The Green certificate must be handed to the funeral director in order for a funeral to take place, and the White certificate is for social security purposes.
Additionally, they will provide copies of the death certificate, which may be required for:
Life Insurance Policies
Savings Bank Certificates
The registrar is able to report a death to most government organisations through the “Tell It Once” service, accessible only by a registrar at the point of registration.
Coalville, LE67 3FN
The Atkins Building
Lower Bond Street
Hinckley, LE10 1QU
Leicestershire, LE11 2TQ
Leicester Road, LE3 8RN
42 Coventry Road
Parkside, Civic Offices
Station Approach, Burton Street
Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
Arrange an appointment to register a death in Coalville and the surrounding areas using the contact details listed below.