How a Death is Registered
The Death should be registered at the local office of Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages in the District where the Death occurred, as soon as possible, within five days of the Death *. If the Death has been referred to the Coroner the procedure is slightly different and we will advise you concerning this.
Who may go and Register a Death
Regulations state that only certain people are permitted to Register a Death with the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages. Deaths occurring in Private residents, Hospitals, Nursing Homes, etc, may be registered by the under mentioned:
A Relative of the Deceased who was present at the Death.
A Relative of the Deceased in attendance during the last illness. A relative of the Deceased residing in the same local district.
A person present at the time of Death.
The occupier, i.e. Matron or Officer in charge of a Nursing Home or Rest Home, provided they were aware of the illness before Death.
The person causing the disposal of the body i.e. an executor, the solicitor or similar.
When you go to Register you are required to take the following:
The Medical Certificate of the cause of Death. (Obtained from the Deceased’s Medical Practitioner).
The Deceased’s Medical Card (If available).
The Registrar will require the following information:
The date and place of Death.
The Deceased’s last Address.
The Deceased’s Christian names and Surname (Maiden name if applicable).
The Deceased’s date and place of Birth.
The Deceased’s Occupation and the name and occupation of husband (if applicable).
Whether the Deceased qualified to obtain a Pension or allowance from Public Funds.
If the Deceased was married, the date of Birth of the surviving widow or widower.
The Registrar will give you:
A Certificate for the Burial or Cremation to take place. (Green Form). Kindly deliver this form to us as soon as possible.
A Certificate of Registration of Death for Social Security purposes only.
You will be able to purchase for £4.00 per copy a certified Copy of the Death Certificate. This may be needed for any Private Pensions, Banks or Building Society accounts, Insurance Policies, etc.
Penrith Registrar is situated in Penrith Library, St. Andrew’s Churchyard, Penrith, CA11 7YA
The opening hours are: Monday – Friday 9.00 am – 1.00 pm
Carlisle Registrar is situated Lady Gillfords House, Petteril Bank Road, Carlisle CA1 3AJ
The opening hours are: 9.00 am – 4.30 pm Monday to Friday by appointment only
You need to make appointments to register the death on 03003032472.
Alternatively visit Cumbria County Council website online by clicking here
*A death which has occurred in Cumbria may be registered at any Registrar’s Office within Cumbria