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Register a death

You can register a death if you are:

  • a relative, preferably living in Hackney
  • a person present at the death
  • the person arranging the funeral with the undertakers

Due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, new legislation has been put into place recently which allows death registrations to be registered over the telephone, with no need for face-to-face contact. Please do not attempt to come to any of our offices.

Book a telephone death registration appointment

Book a telephone appointment

Alternatively, please call 020 8356 3355.

At the registration, bring the medical certificate of death and tell us the person’s:

  • full name (and any maiden name)
  • full name and occupation of husband (if a married woman or widow)
  • date and place of birth
  • occupation and usual address

Registering a stillbirth

Correcting an error on a death certificate

Corrections can only be made to a death registration when the wrong information has been recorded. Evidence showing the correct information to be recorded, may be required. How to correct a death certificate.

Telling other government agencies about a death – tell us once

When someone dies you need to tell the Department of Work and Pensions and other departments and local services, sending each of them a copy of the death certificate.

The free tell us once service does this for you.

You can do this at the same time as registering a death, or contact us to make an appointment afterwards.

We need the following information about the person who has died:

  • national insurance number
  • passport number
  • driving licence number
  • details of any benefits received
  • blue badge (which will be retained)

We will treat the information you give us confidentially and securely.

Read more information about the service in our tell us once leaflet.

Page updated on: 27 March 2020

Registration Services


Hackney Service Centre
1 Hillman Street
E8 1DY


Opening times

  • Mon to Fri, 9am - 5pm
  • Emergency out of hours death service: 9-11am Sat and Sun; 9am-12 noon bank holidays