A death can be registered with us once one of two things has happened:
If the death happens in Enfield and a coroner is not involved, it needs to be registered within five days.
If a death happens outside Enfield, you should contact the registrar in the area where it occurred.
Special arrangements are currently in place to register deaths over the telephone. You need to book an appointment to register a death. Appointments take around 30 minutes. You can book an appointment online or call 020 8379 1000. You must not attend the Enfield Register Office to register a death. The registrar will call you on the number you provide at the appointment time and guide you through the registration.
Appointments are available Monday to Friday. You can't register a death on a Saturday or Sunday. If, for religious reasons, you need a same-day burial notice on a weekend or bank holiday, call 020 8379 1000.
A death should be registered by a relative of the deceased. If this is not possible, it should be registered by an adult who was present at the death or the person responsible for arranging the funeral with the undertaker.
To register the death, the registrar will need a valid medical cause of death certificate issued by a GP or hospital doctor, or a coroner's certificate. The GP or hospital doctor or coroner will email this to us before your appointment. The registrar will also need to know the name and contact information of your appointed funeral director, and the following about the person who has died:
If the person who has died was married or in a civil partnership, the registrar will also need to know the following about their husband, wife or civil partner:
This is required even if the husband, wife or civil partner is also deceased.
It may also be helpful to you to find these documents belonging to the person who has died:
You will need more documents and information if you want to use our Tell Us Once service. The special reference number you need will be given to you after the death has been registered.
There is no charge for registering a death. We will issue the 'green form' directly to your undertaker and give you a BD8 form for the Department of Work and Pensions.
Death certificates cost a fee. We accept payment by credit or debit card only. Payment will be taken over the telephone.
For information on dealing with bereavement, view our bereavement guide.
This service is currently suspended, as you can register a death over the telephone. If the death did not happen in Enfield, please contact the registrar in the district where it occurred.
Tell Us Once is a free government service that allows you to report a death to most government departments in one go.
A short information video explaining the Tell Us Once service can be viewed via YouTube.
Tell Us Once will notify:
When you register a death with the registrar, they may complete the Tell Us Once service with you at the same time.
Otherwise, the registrar will provide you with a unique Tell Us Once reference number, which will allow you to access the service online via GOV.UK.
If you have been issued with a Coroners Fact of Death (Interim Death Certificate) you may still be able to use the service and the registrar will advise you how to do so.
Before you use Tell us Once, you will need the following information about the person who died:
You will also need:
For more information or to use this service, visit GOV.UK - Tell Us Once.
The Notification of Deaths Regulations 2019 came into force on 1 October 2019. The government has published details about how this affects doctors, including the need to refer some deaths to the coroner at the government’s website, GOV.UK.
We can only register deaths that have happened within the London Borough of Enfield (this does not include the Barnet General Hospital), and where a valid Medical Certificate of the Cause of Death (MCCD) has been completed, or if the coroner has issued the necessary paperwork. You need to print your name and GMC number on any MCCD that you issue.
To help you complete an MCCD, you can view an MCCD example (PDF).
A Medical Certificate of the Cause of Death is valid if:
The coroner is unable to offer advice on completing a MCCD, or offer guidance on what is appropriate to include. However, they have produced a Quick Guide (PDF) to help doctors, which explains the Greater London Northern Districts Coroners process.
You can also view the following guides, produced by the coroner:
Avoid giving ‘organ failure’ as the sole cause of death
Don’t certify deaths as being due to the failure of any organ without stating the disease or condition that led to the organ failure. Failure of most organs can be due to unnatural causes, such as poisoning, injury or industrial disease. You should refer to the coroner if you don’t know a natural disease responsible for any organ failure.
Avoid terminal events, modes of dying and other vague terms
Terms that don’t clearly identify a disease or pathological process aren’t acceptable as the only cause of death. This includes terminal events or modes of dying, such as sepsis, cardiac or respiratory arrest, or gastro intestinal bleed. Very vague statements, such as cardiovascular event or incident are equally unacceptable. Cardiovascular event could be intended to mean a stroke or myocardial infarction. It could, however, also include cardiac arrest or fainting, or a surgical or radiological procedure.
Avoid using abbreviated medical terms
Don’t abbreviate any cause of death, such as ‘COPD’ or use medical shorthand, such as 'Ⓛ'. All causes of death should be written in full. The registrar is required to record on the death certificate the cause of death exactly as you state them on the MCCD. This includes spelling errors.
The General Register Office (GRO) has produced guidance for doctors. GRO are responsible for all death registrations within England or Wales.
The British Medical Association also has information on their website.
As a doctor, if you refer a death to the coroner, the coroner will need:
If urgent action is required, mark the email ‘URGENT’ and explain why the matter is urgent.
Referrals should be made by email to email@example.com.
You should advise the family (or person who is qualified to register the death) that they will need to wait for the coroner to contact them (usually within 24 hours) before they can book an appointment to register the death.
Access to the Form 1 is from the EMIS system. If you are having issues accessing a Form 1, please contact your Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).