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The law states that a person who registers a death must be a qualified informant. This normally means they are related to the deceased by blood, marriage, civil partnership or legal adoption. Occasionally, where there are no living relatives, other people may take over this responsibility for registering the death.

The priority of people qualified to inform of a death is defined in law in the following order:

  • A relative of the deceased present at the death
  • A relative of the deceased
  • A relative of the deceased in attendance during the last illness
  • Any other person present at the death
  • The occupier/manager of the premises where the death occurred
  • Someone who is arranging the funeral - ie. Instructing the funeral director and arranging payment of the funeral account
  • A person in charge of the deceased body

Normally, it is not possible for someone in the above list to pass responsibility to someone further down it. Executors of estates and legal representatives are not able to register unless they are classed as a qualified informant. The Registrar will normally agree to accept a qualified informant from further down the list only when a better qualified informant can demonstrate that registration would cause them undue distress or hardship. Where qualified informants are not able to reach the Register Office  the process of registering death by declaration can be used.

The information provided in this section is for guidance only and is not a full expression of the law. For further information or to make an appointment please contact the Registration Service. You should allow about half an hour to complete the registration process.

Documents required to be taken with you:

  • Medical Certificate of Death
  • Medical Card if available
  • Birth Certificate and information regarding date of birth

Information required to Register:

  • Date and place of death
  • 2. Full name of deceased (maiden name if applicable)
  • Date and place of birth
  • Occupation and home address
  • If married, full name and occupation of surviving spouse

Certificates Required

  • Disposal Certificate for the Funeral Director (Green Form)
  • Social Security Certificate to be handed in at the D.S.S Offices with any pension books
  • Copies of Entry of Death for bank, insurance, solicitors

You will be able to purchase as many copies of the Death Certificate that you require. Each certificate will cost £4.00 at the time of registration. After this, the fee increases to £7.50 each and once the register is archived, £9.50 each.

Somerset Registry Office is now offering the following service: (Courtesy of the Somerset County County website)

At the end of the appointment we offer you the opportunity for information about the deceased to be passed onto other relevant government services. This should take away the need for you to contact each of these services individually. If you want to make use of this free service, we can pass information onto the following partners:
Your Local Council Services:
- Council Tax Payments
- Council Tax Benefits
- Council Housing
- Housing Benefits Libraries
- Blue Badges
- Adult Social Care
- Children's Services
- Collection of payments for Council Services
- Electoral services
Identity and Passport Service:
- Passport Cancellation.
Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency:
- Driving Licence Cancellation.
Department for Work and Pensions:
- Pension, Disability and Carers Service
- Job-centre Plus
- Overseas Health Team
Ministry of Defence, Service Personnel and Veterans Agency:
- War Pensions Scheme
HM Revenue and Customs:
- Child Benefit
- Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit
- Personal Taxation

If the deceased person lived outside of Somerset we will advise you at your appointment if government services within their local area are part of this notification service. Further information about the service is available at www.somerset.gov.uk/tellusonce

Local Registry Offices

Somerset

For any of the Somerset offices, please call Tel 01823 282251 to book an appointment day and time.

 

Shepton Mallet Register Office

(Opening Times: Mon-Fri 9.30am – 4.00pm)

Mendip Hub, Cannards Grave Road, Shepton Mallet, BA4 5BT 

Burnham-on-Sea Register Office:

(Opening Times: Tuesdays and Fridays 10am – 3.00pm)

The Old Courthouse, Jaycroft road, Burnham-on-Sea. TA8 1LE.

Bridgwater Register Office:

(Opening Times: Mon-Fri 9am – 5.00pm)

Morgan House, Mount Street, Bridgwater. TA6 3ER.

Taunton Register Office:

(Opening Times: Mon-Fri 9am – 5.30pm)

The Old Municipal Buildings, Corporation Street, Taunton. TA1 4AQ.

Frome Register Office:

(Opening Times: Mon-Fri 10am – 2.30pm)

The Library, Justice Lane, Frome. BA11 1BE.

Yeovil Register Office:

(Opening Times: Mon-Fri 9am – 5.30pm)

Maltravers House, Petters Way, Yeovil. BA20 1SP.

Chard Register Office

(Opening Times: Tuesday’s and Thursday’s 9am – 4.30pm)

Council Offices, Holyrood Street, Chard. TA20 2YA.

Minehead Register Office:

(Opening Times: Tuesday’s and Thursday’s 9am – 3.00pm)

The Library, Bancks Street, Minehead. TA24 5DJ.

Williton Register Office:

(Opening Times: Monday’s 12-5pm; Wed & Friday’s 9.30am-12.30pm)

Becket House, Bridge Street, Williton. TA4 4NR.

North Somerset: For the North Somerset offices, please call 01934 427552 to book an appointment.

Weston-Super-Mare Register Office:

(Opening Times: Mon-Fri 9am – 12.30pm; 2-4pm)

The Town Hall, Walliscote Grove Road, Weston-Super-Mare. BS23 1UJ.

(Please approach via the new entrance on Walliscote Grove Road and see staff at the Gateway reception)

Clevedon Register Office:

(Opening Times: Mon-Fri 9am – 12.30pm)

37a, Old Church Road, Clevedon. BS21 6NN.

Bristol: For the Bristol offices, please call Tel 01179 222800  to book an appointment.

Bristol Register Office:

(Opening Times: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 9am – 4.00pm; Wed 10am-4pm)

The Old Council House, Corn Street, Bristol. BS1 1JG.

The telephone line to book an appointment for Bristol is open 8.30am-6pm

Southmead Hospital Register Office:

(Opening Times: Monday - Friday 9am-4pm)

Monks Park Lodge, Southmead Hospital, Bristol. BS10 5NB.

The telephone line to book an appointment for Bristol is open 8.30am-6pm

Bath and North East Somerset

Bath Register Office: Tel 01225 477234  

(Opening Times: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 9am – 4.00pm; Wed 10am-4pm)

The Guildhall, High Street, Bath. BA1 5AW.

Midsomer Norton Register Office: Tel 01225 477234  

(Opening Times: Wed’s and Friday’s 9am-4pm; Thursday’s 9-12.30pm)

The Hollies, High Street, Midsomer Norton. BA3 2DT.

ALL registrar offices operate an Appointment System and you will need to contact them beforehand. You can book the appointment yourself, or ask us for assistance if required.

Registering a death by declaration

When a death occurs within the registration district, it must be registered with the Registration Service normally within five days. If you cannot make it to a Register Office in the area where the death occurred, you can register the death by declaration at another Register Office more convenient to you in England or Wales. The death must be registered by a qualified informant - this is usually someone related to the deceased by blood or marriage. Your declaration will then be sent to our offices where we will register the death for you.

You should contact the Register Office where you plan to make the declaration and tell them where the death occurred. They will then contact the Registration Service in the deceased registration area for information to help complete the declaration. More time should be allowed for funerals when following this process to allow for the burial or cremation documents to reach you. The death certificate will then be sent to you by post by the relevant Registration Service. This is called registration by declaration.

The information provided in this section is for guidance only and is not a full expression of the law.