Many deaths are now referred to the coroner. In these cases the death cannot be registered until the coroner agrees.
If there is no inquest
The coroner will notify the registrar that the death can now be registered. The coroner's office should tell you if a medical certificate of cause of death is also needed from the doctor. You can then make an appointment to register the death, but the registration cannot take place until the registrar has received the information from the coroner.
If an inquest is to be held
Before the inquest is held, the coroner may offer you an interim certificate (coroner's certificate of the fact of death) to help you with the deceased's estate. You cannot register the death with this certificate but it can be used to access the tell us once service. In this instance, please phone us to book an appointment at the register office and request a tell us once 20-minute appointment, not a registration appointment.
The coroner will send a form to the registrar after the inquest is complete. The registrar will then register the death based on the coroner's findings. You do not need to visit our office for this to occur. However, you will need to contact the register office if you need copies of the death certificate.