Register a death

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If you are looking to register a birth or death or give notice to get married our registrars service is now available for more hours and across two new locations. The appointments service has moved to Walthamstow and Leytonstone Libraries to give greater choice and accessibility. Please note the lift is not available at Leytonstone Library. While appointments are available at Leytonstone there is stair access only. If you need the lift we advise that you select your appointment to be in Walthamstow.

You can book your appointments online as usual where a choice of locations is now available. Our death registration service continues at Whipps Cross and you can still book ceremonies at Grove Road. Please click the appointment type you require for further details.

This page will tell you how to:

  • register a death in Waltham Forest

  • register a death outside of Waltham Forest

  • get death certificates

  • who to contact

By law all deaths in England and Wales must be registered in five days.

For all our services, please visit our Register Office webpage.
 

Once you get the cause of death certificate, you’ll need to make an appointment to officially register the death.

The quickest way is using this simple online form

Or you can phone 020 8496 3000 (9am to 5pm)

But remember, if the death has been reported to a coroner you can’t register until they give you permission.

Where to register

Deaths in Waltham Forest are registered at Whipps Cross Hospital or at Waltham Forest register office.

On the day of your appointment

  • you’ll need to bring some official identification for yourself and the deceased. This could be a passport or birth certificates
  • bring along the cause of death certificate
  • parking is limited, so please try to arrive 10 minutes before your appointment

Emergency burial or cremation certificates

If you need to get an Emergency Burial or Cremation Certificate out of hours for a burial within 24 hours, this is available at Walthamstow Central Library, Walthamstow High Street, London, E17 7JN between 10am to 3pm. This service is not provided on Christmas Day. It will, however be available from 10am to 12pm on Boxing Day, New Year's Day and Easter Sunday.

What happens next Click to get info

The registrar will complete the official registration with you.

You’ll then get your death certificates and a green form to pass on to the undertakers.

They’ll also tell you about the Tell Us Once service. It’s a way you to inform government departments (such as DWP and local councils) about your loss, all at the same time.

 

If the person has died outside of Waltham Forest, you can find out how to register using the GOV.uk website.

It will tell you:

  • how to register a death in the UK or abroad
  • who can register a death
  • what you need to bring
  • what documents you’ll receive from the registrar

How much does it cost Click to get info

Official death certificates cost are £11 per copy. You can order these using your credit or debit card when you book your appointment to register.

You can order more on the day you register if you like.

If you need more certificates after this day you can order more using the copy certificate information. Though they will cost more.

If you don't have a computer, you can visit a Library Plus branch to use our self-service pc to log your request/report.  Someone will be there to help you if you need it.​​​​​​​

Contact Click to get info

For more information 

Phone 020 8496 3000 (9am to 5pm)

Or you can complete an online enquiry form to contact the Registry Office.

Registrars general enquiry

​If you need to get a burial certificate out of hours for a burial within 24 hours, please call 020 8496 3000 between 10am to 12pm. This service is not provided on Easter Sunday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.