Book an appointment to register

If someone dies within the Medway Council area you need to register the death with us at the Medway Register Office.

A death should be registered within 5 days.

You need to have the medical cause of death certificate from the doctor before you can register a death.  If the coroner has held a post-mortem, they will issue the medical paperwork directly to the registrar. The coroner's officer will usually contact you when the paperwork has been completed to allow you to make an appointment to register the death.

To book an appointment to register a death in Medway, phone us on: 01634 338 998.

Registrations are made by appointment to avoid unnecessary waiting. Appointments can be made for between 9.30am and 3.30pm, Monday to Friday.

If the coroner has held a post-mortem, they will issue the medical paperwork directly to the registrar. The coroner's officer will usually contact you when the paperwork has been completed to allow you to make an appointment to register the death.

If you are not able to attend the Medway Register Office

If it is not possible to attend at the Medway Register Office, the registration may be made by visiting any registrar’s office in England and Wales to make a declaration.

This is a statement that the local registrar will send to the Medway Register Office where the registration will then be made.

In this case, the death certificate(s), the form for the funeral director and a Certificate of Registration of Death (form BD8) will be sent by post. This will be done as soon as possible but time should be allowed for the post in both directions.

Registrars at Medway are able to take declarations for deaths which take place outside the Medway area.