You need to register a death within five days, at the registry office in the area in which the person died.
Who to tell when someone has died
Deaths in Merton
To register a death at Merton Register Office you will need to book an appointment either by telephone 020 8274 5777 or online:
What to bring
Unless the coroner has been involved in the circumstances of the death you must bring with you a 'medical cause of death certificate' from a certifying doctor.
It would be helpful if you could bring the medical card relating to the person that has died and any birth certificate / marriage certificate and passport for that person.
It is not essential to bring these documents but it would be helpful to us to ensure that the correct details are registered.
Paperwork issued following registration
Certificate for Burial or Cremation (also known as the Green Form)
This form is for you to take to the funeral director so that the funeral can take place. In some circumstances this form will be issued direct from the Coroner. There is no charge for the issue of this form.
Certificate of Registration of Death (also known as Form BD8/344)
This form is for social security purposes. Please refer to the notes shown on the back of this form. You will need to complete this form and return it to your local social security office. There is no charge for the issue of this form.
Standard Death Certificate
A death certificate is a certified copy of the entry in the death register. These will be required for banks, building societies, solicitors, insurance companies and other financial institutions.
The Registrar will also offer you some useful leaflets which may assist you at this time. The registration staff are there to help you - please ask them for any advice and guidance which you require.
Cost of certificates
If you require any death certificates the fees are outlined below:
| Service || Cost |
| At time of registration || £4.00 each |
| After registration (5 day standard service) || £7.00 or £10.00 each (depending on the length of time since the birth or death) |
| After registration (24 hour express service) || £7.00 or £10.00 each (depending on the length of time since the birth or death)plus an additional £10 |
| After registration (1 hour express service) || £7.00 or £10.00 each (depending on the length of time since the birth or death)plus an additional £20 |
| Additional Postage fee within the EU (outside UK) || £6.50 |
| Additional Postage fee outside of the EU || £7.50 |
A stillbirth can often be registered at the hospital before the mother leaves. To arrange this it is necessary to contact the Register Office where the hospital is located. Alternatively an appointment can be made to attend the Register Office.
To register a stillbirth at Merton Register Office please telephone 020 8274 5777 to book an appointment.
Repatriation of a deceased body
Advice about the repatriation of a deceased body abroad and the repatriation of a deceased body from abroad can be obtained from funeral directors.
Monday to Friday 9.00am - 4.30pm, except for the third Thursday of every month when the office closes at 12.30pm.
The office will be closing at 4.00pm on Thursday 1st March 2018
Saturday and Sunday some services are available by appointment only.
Merton Register Office
Morden Park House
Map of Merton Register Office
Telephone: 020 8274 5777
Fax: 020 8648 0433