Registering a death in Torbay
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How do I register a death in Torbay?
When a death occurs in Torbay you need to register at Paignton Library
Once the doctor has sent the Medical Certificate to the Registrar you will be able to book an appointment to register.
You will need to call to book an appointment:
Torbay Registrar: 01803 207130
For a death that occurred outside of Torbay (even if the person lived in Torbay), you will need to register at a different Registrar's Office
Please call us and we will be able to advise you
Registering a death
When someone dies, you will need to register the death.
Once the death has been registered, you will be given all of the paperwork required to arrange the funeral.
If you are unsure about the process of registering a death in the UK, we will explain everything you need to know.
Who can register?
If the person died in a house or hospital, the death can be registered by:
Someone present at the death
The owner, manager, matron of the residential home or hospital administrator where the death occurred
The person responsible for arranging the funeral (but not the Funeral Director)
Most deaths are registered by a relative. The registrar would normally only allow other people if there are no relatives available.
A death certificate is a certified copy of the entry in the Register and you can buy as many as you need at the registration, at a cost of £11 each.
You can buy extra copies at any time after the registration but they will cost more.
What Information will they ask for
The Registrar will need to know some information about the person who has died to be able to complete the Death Register Entry. It is important that the information is correct.
The date and place of death
The full name of the person who died and details of any other names they were known by
Their date and place of birth
Their occupation and whether they were retired
Their usual address
If the person who died was married the full name and occupation of their spouse
Whether they were in receipt of a pension from government funds, such as teachers, civil services, armed forces etc
If the deceased was married, the date of birth of the spouse.
If available the person’s NHS number