The Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages

Once the certificate has been issued registration should take place as soon as possible. The death would be registered with the local Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages for the area in which the death occurred.

At Swindon Registrars you will be required to make an appointment to register. Their contact details are: -

The Civic Offices, Euclid Street. Swindon, SN1 1JH

Tel: 01793 522738

They are open Monday to Friday 9.00am – 4.00pm.

The offices will also be open till 7.30pm on Thursdays only.

If the death occurred in The North Wiltshire District, please call Chippenham Registrars on 01225 713007.

As well as the Death Certificate, the Registrar may also wish to see the deceased’s Birth Certificate and NHS Medical Card. If you do not have these then do not worry, inform the Registrar that you cannot locate them. The registrar would also need to know: -

  1. Date and place of birth
  2. Date and place of death
  3. Deceased’s maiden name (if married woman)
  4. Deceased’s last address
  5. Deceased’s occupation – (and husbands’ occupation where appropriate)
  6. If deceased was in receipt of pension or social benefits
  7. If married, the date of birth of the surviving spouse

The Registrar operates a service called “Tell Us Once”. This service can be used by you to notify all government departments of your loved ones passing. You can use the Tell Us Once service to cancel passports, driving licences, blue disabled badges, pensions and any benefits that they may have been claiming. 

If you want the registrar to cancel passports, driving licences or disabled badges you will need to take them with you when you register. If you do not have access to these then the registrar will give you a form called a BD8, you will need to complete this and send it to the DSS as a formal notice for any pensions or benefits the deceased may have been in receipt of.

You may also request certified copies of the Death Certificate (there will be a small charge), you will need these for purposes such as, bank accounts, insurances, solicitors and the Will.

The registrar will also give you the Certificate of Burial, or Cremation (Green Certificate), you will be required to hand this certificate to your Funeral Director.


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