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The registration process

All deaths must be registered within five days, unless the Coroner is involved. In order to register the death, you need to make an appointment with the local registrar in the district where the death occurred (see 'Useful Contacts' below).


The Registrar will require the following:

* The deceased's full name, date and place of birth, former occupation and home address

* The date and place of death

* If married, the date of birth of the deceased's surviving spouse

* The medical certificate of cause of death

* NHS medical card (if available)

* Birth and marriage certificates (if available / relevant)


The registrar will issue you with a Green Certificate for burial or cremation, which is required before a funeral can take place.


The registrar will also be able to give you copies of the Entry of Death. These are required when dealing with bank accounts and insurance policies of the deceased.


If a death has been referred to the Coroner, then the registration process is slightly different. We are happy to advise you on the process if required.


What to do next?

When someone dies at home

Your first contact should be with the deceased's usual GP. If s/he is satisfied with the cause of death, you will receive a medical certificate stating the cause of death (a 'death certificate'), which is usually collected from the surgery.

When someone dies in a nursing home

The staff at the nursing home will contact the deceased's GP to arrange for a medical certificate of cause of death to be issued. This will available for you to collect from the surgery.

When someone dies suddenly

When a sudden death occurs, it is normal practice for the Coroner to be involved.


Contact us and we will liaise with the necessary parties on your behalf.


When someone dies away from home or overseas

If a death occurs away from home or overseas, contact us and we will make all the necessary arrangements to bring your loved one home.

When someone dies in hospital

When a death occurs in hospital, nursing staff will arrange for a doctor to issue the medical certificate of cause of death. You can collect this from the hospital's Bereavement Centre. The staff will let you know where and when to collect the certificate.

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Useful Contacts

Useful Contacts

Click here to register a death on line

Local Registration Offices 

(0345) 678 9016 /



The Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9.15am to 4.30pm



C/O the Library
Whitchurch Civic Centre, High Street, Whitchurch, SY13 1AX

Opening hours Tues and Thurs - 9am to 3:30pm


Market Drayton

C/O the Library,51 Cheshire Street, Market Drayton TF9 1PH

Opening hours Mon and Wed - 9am to 3:30pm


Wellington Civic & Leisure Centre, Tan Bank, Wellington TF1 1LX

01952 382444

Opening hours Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm


C/O The Library, Listley Street, Bridgnorth, WV16 4AW

Opening hours Mon, Wed, Fri - 10am to 4pm



Cruse Bereavement Care:                 (0844) 477 9400    


Royal Shrewsbury Hospital             

Bereavement Advice Centre:            (01743) 261384 / (01743) 261691


Princess Royal Hospital

Bereavement Advice Centre:            (01952) 641222 ext 4741


Shropshire Coroner:                           (01743) 237445


Shropshire Registrar:                         (0345) 678 9016


Telford and Wrekin Registrar:         (01952) 382444

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