Registering a Death


All deaths, except those referred to the Coroner, must be registered within 5 days.  A bereavement adviser will explain how you should do this and who may register a death.

You can register a death at any of the nine Registration offices in Norfolk.  Appointments are necessary for all offices. Click the following link for details of Registration offices on the County council’s website including making an appointment on-line. The Registrars can offer ‘Tell Us Once’ which is a service notifying government and local council departments of the death.  Click the following link for ‘Tell Us Once’ information.

Diss Registration Office
Council Offices, Market Hill, Diss, Norfolk IP22 4JZ – Telephone: 0344 800 8020

Open Monday to Friday 9.30am-1.30pm

Downham Registration Office
15 Paradise Road, Downham Market, Norfolk PE38 9HS – 0344 800 8020

Open Tuesday 9.30am-4.30pm only; rest of week closed

Dereham Registration Office
Breckland Business Centre. St Withburga Lane, Dereham, Norfolk, NR19 1FD – Telephone: 0344 800 8020

Open Monday to Friday 9.30am-3.30pm

Earlham Registration Office

Earlham Library, Colman Road, Norwich, NR4 7HG

Open Monday 1-4.30pm, Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4.30pm

Fakenham Registration Office
Fakenham Connect, Oak Street, Fakenham, Norfolk NR21 9SR – Telephone: 0344 800 8020

Open Thursday 9.30am-4pm only; rest of week closed

Great Yarmouth Registration Office
The Library, Tolhouse Street, Great Yarmouth NR30 2SH – Telephone: 0344 800 8020

Open Monday to Friday: 9.30am to 4.30pm

King’s Lynn Registration Office
Town Hall, Saturday Market Place, King’s Lynn, Norfolk PE30 5DQ – Telephone: 0344 800 8020

Open Monday to Friday: 9.30am to 4.30pm

North Walsham Registration Office
18 King’s Arms Street, North Walsham, Norfolk, NR28 9JX – Telephone: 0344 800 8020

Open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 9.30am to 4.30pm; Monday and Wednesday closed

The Norfolk Register Office
Archive Centre, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2DQ – Telephone: 0344 800 8020

Open Monday – Friday  9.30am – 4.30pm

Thetford Registration Office
King’s House, King Street, Thetford, Norfolk IP24 2AP – Telephone: 0344 800 8020

Open Monday, Thursday and Friday 9.30am-12.30pm; Tuesday and Wednesday 9.30am-3.30pm

To register a death you will need to take certain information and documents with you to the Registrar’s Office:

  • Medical Certificate of Cause of Death, which will be given to you by the hospital bereavement adviser
  • Full name of the deceased and maiden name (if applicable)
  • Date and place of birth – Birth certificate (if available)
  • Home address
  • Details of occupation or last occupation, if retired
  • Full name of spouse and their date of birth (if applicable)
  • Medical Card (if available)

 You will receive from the Registrar:

  1. Certificate of Burial or Cremation: this certificate is green in colour and is required for the funeral director
  2. Social Security Certificate (Form BD8): this should be sent to the Benefits Office together with any other benefits books held by the deceased.

The Death Certificate: This is a copy of the entry in the Death Register. Each copy costs £4.00 (June 2013).  You should discuss how many copies you may need with the Registrar.  There is an adminstration fee when paying by credit card.