On this page:
- How to register a death
- Deaths referred to the coroner
- Urgent same day burials including weekend emergency registrars service
- Burials not taking place on the same day or where the deceased is being taken outside of England or Wales
- Registering a stillbirth
- Hackney mortuary
- Copies of death certificates
- Telling government and financial institutions
- Correcting an error on a death certificate
- Funerals, bereavement support and protecting people's
If a person died in Hackney, then legally the death must be registered here regardless of where the deceased lived at the time of the death.
The death should be registered within 5 days of the date of death, unless the death has been reported to the coroner.
A telephone appointment needs to be made to register a death.
Book a telephone death registration appointment
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, new legislation has been put into place which allows death registrations to be registered over the telephone, with no need for face-to-face contact.
Please don’t attempt to come to any of our offices.
Alternatively, please call 020 8356 3355 or 0208 356 3809 (please try both numbers and if you have any issues then please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org)
At your appointment you will need to tell the registrar the deceased’s:
- full name at the time of death
- any previously used names (eg maiden name)
- date and place of birth
- last address
You will also need to provide:
- the full name, date of birth and occupation of a surviving or late spouse or civil partner
Some deaths have to be reported to the coroner before they can be registered or the funeral can go ahead.
We offer an emergency death service for deaths and stillbirths that have occurred in Hackney, which require a same day burial.
The emergency death service is available 7 days a week.
Deaths must legally be registered within 5 days of the death occurring, so an appointment to register a death still needs to be made after the burial has taken place.
How to arrange a same day burial
A registrar will be available by phone and can issue the green form that will allow the burial to take place on the same day.
The green form will be scanned directly to the funeral director / burial society so that the funeral can take place.
We can only issue a green form if an acceptable medical certificate of cause of death (MCCD) is sent to email@example.com and there is no reason for the death to be referred to the coroner.
We can assist between the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 9am to 4.30pm
- Saturday and Sunday: 9am to 11am
- bank holidays (excluding Christmas Day): 9am to 11am
Please call 020 8356 3355 or 020 8356 3809 (please try both numbers and if you have any issues then please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Burials not taking place on the same day or where the deceased is being taken outside of England or Wales
An appointment needs to be made to register a death within 5 days of the date of death unless the coroner is involved. The appointment will take place Monday to Friday between 9am and 4:30pm over the telephone.
If the family / informant wishes for the deceased to be repatriated abroad, consent will need to be given by the coroner.
Poplar Coroners Court is responsible for deaths that took place in Hackney and are managed by Camden Council.
Out of England or Wales requests are only granted by the coroner during working hours (Monday to Friday) and the death must have been registered before the deceased can be repatriated.
A stillborn child is a child born after the 24th week of pregnancy who did not breathe or show any sign of life at any time after birth.
All stillbirths must be registered in the district in which the event took place, normally within 42 days.
An appointment needs to be made in order to register a stillbirth.
Our mortuary stores bodies where deaths have been referred to the coroner or where a death certificate cannot be issued.
Deaths from 1 January 1975
You can order a certificate for a death that happened in Hackney from us.
Certificates are charged at a statutory fee of £11 each for standard certificates and £35 each for express order certificates, plus postage fees.
If for any reason we cannot produce your requested certificate, we will process a partial refund instead.
Deaths on or before 31 December 1974
You’ll need to order the certificate from the General Register Office.
Please note that we have no access or association to any orders placed directly with the General Register Office. Please contact them directly to follow up an order.
When someone dies, there are lots of things that need to be done, at a time when you probably least feel like doing them.
You can apply to correct a death registration when the information recorded is wrong – for example if there is a mistake in the spelling of the deceased’s name or their place of birth.
- Mon to Fri, 9am - 4.30pm
- Emergency out of hours death service: Sat and Sun, 9am - 11am, bank holidays (excluding Christmas Day), 9am - 11am