Register A Death

Registering a death in Powys

The death must be registered in the district in which it took place within 5 days.
When death occurs
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How to register a death

If the person registering the death can’t easily go to the district where it took place, the information for the registration may be given to a registrar in another district. The registrar will record the details on a form of declaration and send it to the registrar of the appropriate district to enter the information in the death register.
For this area, you will need to phone the District Register Office in order to book an appointment to register the death. Tel: 01597 826 320. You can choose which office to attend at, either:-   
  • Registration of Births, Deaths & Marriages, Powys County Council, High Street, Llanfyllin SY22 5BQ
  • Registration of Births, Deaths & Marriages, Council Offices, Severn Road, Welshpool, Powys SY21 7AS

Who must register the death?

People with legal responsibility to register include: 
  •  A relative
  • A person present at the death
  • The occupier of the premises where the death occurred, if he or she knew of it happening
  • The person arranging the funeral - This does not mean the funeral director
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What documents must be taken to the register office?

  • The medical certificate of cause of death issued by the doctor who was treating the person. This is essential - the registrar can do nothing without it. (If the Coroner is involved, the Coroner's Office will advise you what to do)
  • The deceased person's birth certificate or passport (if available) can be helpful
  • The deceased person's medical card (don't worry if this is not available)

What questions will the registrar ask?

The registrar will interview you in private and will need to know the following information: 
  •  The date and place of death
  • The full name, surname and maiden name, if the person who has died was a married woman
  • The occupation and, if the deceased person was a married woman or widow, the full name of her husband
  • The usual address
  • If the person who died was married, the date of birth of the surviving spouse
  • Whether the person who has died was receiving a pension from public funds 
The registrar will enter all these details in a computer and will then give you the opportunity to check that they are correct. The information will then be written into a register. This is the 'original' legal record and you should check it through very carefully before signing it, as any mistakes discovered later on may be difficult to correct.
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receiving legal documents

What documents will I receive?

  • A 'Green Form' which enables a funeral to take place. It serves as a proof to the funeral director and the cemetery or crematorium authorities that a funeral may take place (If the Coroner is involved different procedures may apply)
  • You will also be given a form for social security purposes
  • Certified copies of the death certificate 
You can purchase as many copies of this certificate as you wish and these copies are considered the “original death certificate” (as banks and others may request to see), even though the official term is “certified copies of the death certificate”. As a general rule, it is advisable to purchase one for each bank account, building society and shareholding of the deceased. It is cheaper to purchase certificates on the day of registration as costs increase from that point onwards.

**Please note that it is illegal to make your own copies of the certificate for copyright reasons and many organisations will not accept photocopies as formal evidence of the death.
Contact us
I. Jackson & Sons, Powys, are members of The National Society of Allied & Independent Funeral Directors. If you need help to register a death,
call us now on 01691 648 243

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