Register a death

We understand that when a loved one dies it can be an extremely difficult time.  

Registering a death is a legal requirement, but we endeavour to make this process as easy as possible for you.

A death must be registered in person at a Register Office within five days. This may be longer if the death has been referred to a coroner.

The hospital/surgery must send the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD) to our office before you book an appointment. 

Book an appointment

Before booking an appointment, you must first have received a notification from us that it can be made.

We will notify you once we have received the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD) from the hospital or GP surgery.

If you have not received a notification, please get in touch with the hospital or GP surgery to check the MCCD has been sent.

Find out who can register a death, what information you will be required to provide, and what documents you will need to bring.

Register a death

Amend or cancel your appointment

Registering a death that occurred outside of Lincolnshire

If you are not able to attend the Register Office where the death occurred, then you may go to your local Register Office in England or Wales to register by death declaration.

We will contact that registration district to obtain the MCCD. This must be received before the appointment can go ahead.

After the appointment, all details will be sent to the registration office where the death occurred, and they will send documentation to you.

Registering a death that occurred in Lincolnshire from outside of Lincolnshire

If you wish to register a Lincolnshire death outside of Lincolnshire, you will need to make an appointment with your local registration office.   

They will contact us for the MCCD and following your appointment with them the information will be sent to Lincolnshire.

We can then register the death and scan the ‘green form’ to your chosen funeral director.  

You will then be able to purchase certificates online.

Deaths abroad

Find out what to do if someone dies abroad.

Emergency faith burial 

If an emergency registration is required for religious reasons, we will try and accommodate.

We can only issue a burial certificate or green form if: 

  • the burial is to take place when 24 hours (proof required) 
  • we have received the MCCD from the doctor by email at SecureRegistrars@lincolnshire.gov.uk 
  • the death does not need to be referred to the coroner  
  • you can provide an email address for the funeral directors  
  • you are a qualified informant to register the death 

Where possible, we will make arrangements for the next available appointment at a Registration Office (which may not be local to you). 

If not possible, we will make arrangements for the green form to be issued to the funeral director, and book an appointment for you to register the death. 

Please email registration@lincolnshire.gov.uk for further information.

Body donation to medical science

Highly valued by staff and students at medical schools, body donations are needed for research, education and training.

Please book an appointment to register the death and to make arrangements for making this valuable gift.

Tell Us Once

The Tell Us Once service lets you report a death to a number of government organisations in one go. Your registrar will advise you about this at your appointment.

You have 28 days to use this service after registering the death.

Certificates

If you want a certificate later, you must order one online or by post.