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Register a death or stillbirth

Coronavirus information

If a death occurs in Merton please telephone 020 8274 5777 for an appointment. Please do not come to the office as all registrations will be conducted over the telephone.

Changes have been made to the death registration process during the current pandemic.

This means that as the relative of someone who has passed away you will:

  • not have to collect the medical certificate
  • not have to come in person to the register office
  • only be able to receive a limited number of death certificates.

During this time:

  • doctors will send the medical certificate and next of kin details directly to the register office register.office@merton.gov.uk  
  • a registrar will contact the next of kin to arrange an appointment to register the death by phone
  • electronic copies of Form 9 (also called the Green Form) will be sent to funeral directors, to allow the funeral to go ahead
  • a maximum of ten death certificates may be purchased and posted to the next of kin as soon as practical.

Register a death or stillbirth

A death should be registered within 5 days.

A stillbirth should be registered within 42 days.

Where did it happen?

Deaths in Merton

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.
  • Information leaflets
    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.

Fees for death certificates

If the event occurred in Merton we can produce copies of certificates for the following fees:

Service Cost ​Postage: Recorded (minimum if posted) ​Postage: SpecialPostage: EuropeanPostage: Worldwide
At registration £11.00​N/AN/A​N/A​N/A​
Standard 5 day £11.00 ​£2.50​£8.00£10.00​£11.00​
 24 hour £35.00​£2.50£8.00​£10.00​£11.00​
 1 hour £45.00​Collection only

Order a death certificate

Stillbirths in Merton

To register a stillbirth at Merton Register Office please telephone 020 8274 5777 to book an appointment.

Tell Us Once service

When someone dies you need to report the death to many organisations and government departments.

The 'Tell Us Once' service makes this process easier. You only need to provide the details once, and it will notify the organisations who need to know. 

After you have registered the death with the Registrar, the Registrar may complete the Tell Us Once service with you at the same time. Otherwise, the Registrar will give you a unique Tell Us Once reference number, which will enable you to log in to the Tell Us Once service on GOV.UK.

Opening hours

Monday to Friday 9.00am - 4.30pm, except for the third Thursday of every month when the office closes at 12.30pm.

Contact us

Merton Register Office
Morden Park House
Morden Park
London Road
Morden
SM4 5QU

Map of Merton Register Office

Email: register.office@merton.gov.uk
Telephone: 020 8274 5777

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