Get copies of the certificate
You need to take the medical certificate of cause of death to the register office and tell the Registrar how many copies of the death certificate you need. It’s advisable to get 5-6 copies, dependant on how many people you need to contact regarding the death that will want to see the certificate.
Certificates are more expensive if you have to order additional copies at a later date, but they can be bought online, by post or telephone, or through the register office where you registered the death.
The registrar will give you:
- A Certificate for Burial and Cremation – this is known as the green certificate. This gives permission for the body to be buried or for an application for cremation to be made, and you should give this to the funeral director
- A Certificate for Registration of Death. You’ll need this to deal with the person’s affairs if they were getting a pension or benefits