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Kings Lynn: 01553 766795

Downham Market: 01366 384182

Wisbech: 01945 461112

Hunstanton: 01485 534421

Registering a Death

Registrars Contact Details

Wisbech & Cambridgeshire 03450 451363

Peterborough 01733 864646

Lincolnshire 01522 782244

Appointments for any registrar in Norfolk can be made by telephoning Norfolk County Council on 0344 8008020.

A death must be registered by law. We are able to advise on the procedure and whereabouts of the relevant registration offices.

Any death that has occurred in Norfolk, can now be registered at any Norfolk Registrar, an appointment will be required.

If the death had been referred to the coroner, in the case of cremation, the coroner will issue a certificate for cremation, to replace the green certificate.

Who can Register the Death?

  • Any Relative of the Deceased
  • Any person present at the time of death
  • The occupier of the house where the death occurred
  • The person arranging the funeral

What information will be required?

  • Date & place of birth and death
  • Full name of the deceased, home address and occupation
  • Marital status and, if the deceased is female, her maiden name and her husband’s full name & occupation

During the Coronavirus Pandemic (Covid-19)

As a result of the current pandemic situation, there have been many changes to the processes involved with registering a death.

This page is correct at the time of writing, but you may find that any printed literature that you receive from other sources may be out of date and therefore confusing and contradictory.

If you have any queries, or you need any help to register, please do let us know, as we are currently able to do this on your behalf if you feel unable to.

The Medical Certificate of Cause of Death is sent to the Registrar by the Doctor – you, as the family, don’t forward it on. The family don’t receive The Registrars Certificate for Burial or Cremation (The Green), it is either forwarded directly to the crematorium or to us if it is a Churchyard burial.

The government now operates a service, which is called Tell us Once.

Using this service, the one phone call will cancel anything connected to the government.

What Tell Us Once Does

  • work out final payments of benefits for the person who’s died (including the State Pension) and tax credits
  • make arrangements for Income Tax, National Insurance and Council Tax
  • cancel the passport and/or driving licence of the person who’s died (if applicable)
  • let local council services know so they can make arrangements about council housing and Blue Badge schemes
  • make sure the person’s name is removed from the electoral register (also known as the electoral roll)

To use this service, the registrar will give you a leaflet explaining the procedure which can be done by telephone or online. Also the registrar will give you a Tell us once reference number, which will be required.

Appointments must be made to register. Registrar Details and contacts available here.

Death Certificate

 Additional copies of death certificate can be purchased from the registrar at a cost of £11.00  each,

Certified copies will be needed for any of the following purposes, among others:


  • Bank and Building Society accounts*
  • Life Insurance policies covered by the deceased
  • Dealing with shares owned by the deceased
  • Applying for a tax rebate
  • Private Pensions
  • Solicitor

Our Credentials

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