How do I register the death?

Registering a death in Torbay

We are always on hand to help and advise you all the way through.  Unfortunately registering a death is one part of the process we cannot do for you.  On this page, you will find all the information you need to register.


For deaths in Torbay the contact details can be found by using the button below:

If outside the 5 day limit on online registration you need to call:


01803 207130


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.

Death Certificates

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.

How do I register?

When a death occurs in Torbay you can register online or over the phone by a telephone appointment.

You can register the death online if done within 5 days by clicking link below:

Register Online Torbay


If outside the 5 day limit you need to call:


01803 207130

Covid 19 

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic all death registration appointments are now being carried out by telephone. 


When completing your contact details please make sure they have a valid telephone number for you.

What information will they ask for?

They 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

Who can register?

If the person died in a house or hospital, the death can be registered by:

A relative

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.