We appreciate that this is a difficult time and we will do our best to assist in any way we can.
Following a death, the doctor attending the deceased prior to death will in the majority of cases issue a medical certificate directly to the appropriate Registration service.
You must make an appointment as soon as possible to complete the registration of the death. It is a statutory requirement that deaths are registered within 5 days (including weekends and bank holidays) in the district* in which the death occurred.
If the doctor refers the death to the Coroner and there is a post-mortem, no medical certificate will be issued, and the Coroner will provide the documents necessary for the registration directly to the registrars. You will still need to make an appointment to attend the registrar’s office to complete the registration of death.
Where a death is referred to the Coroner the 5 days may not be met. Most referrals result in a delay of only a couple of days; however, some referrals or investigations may take longer.
Deaths registered in Carmarthenshire can be recorded bilingually in both Welsh and English.
*Occasionally, you can arrange to register outside the district of death, in an English or Welsh Registration Office of your choosing however this may cause delays to the registration and the issue of death certificates. If you wish to discuss a registration out of district, please contact us on 01267 228210.
Who can register the death?
Ideally, the person registering the death should be the next of kin, or a close relative of the deceased. We understand that this may not always be possible, in these cases please contact us for advice and assistance on 01267 228210.
What to bring to register the death
You will need to bring a form of personal identification such as a passport, driving licence or birth certificate to the appointment.
You will need to provide the following information about the deceased to the registrar.
- Date and place of death
- Name and surname
- Maiden surname (where appropriate)
- Date and place of birth
- Name, date of birth and occupation of wife/husband/civil partner (as appropriate)
- Home address
You will be asked to check the register page carefully before the entry is signed. It is important that the information recorded in the death register is correct. If a mistake is made, for example in the spelling of a name or surname, or in the description of the occupation, a formal correction may be required. Statutory fees may apply if you need to correct or amend a completed registration.
Making an appointment
In most cases you can book an appointment online to register a death. However, if the death has been referred to the Coroner or you cannot attend within 5 days of the death you will need to phone us on 01267 228210 so that we can arrange an appointment and offer advice.
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Tell Us Once
Tell us once is a free Government service, that allows you to notify several Government organisations at once of a death for example the DVLA, Passport Office, Local Authority, DWP etc.
If you wish to use this service, we are more than happy to complete the first part of this process with you at your appointment. We will then explain how you can complet in full at home.
Visit the gov.uk website for further information.
Find out more about Tell us once
A full copy of the legal register entry is available to purchase at the time of registration at £11.00 per copy.
A death certificate is required to allow settlement of many personal and financial concerns, however if you use the Tell Us Once service you may find that you won’t need as many copies.
You can ask the registrar for general advice at the time of registration or seek your own legal advice on how many certificates you may need before the appointment.
Further copies of certificates can be requested any time after registration, you can order these online.
If you have any queries at all or if we can be of any assistance prior to your making an appointment, please call us on 01267 228210.
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