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Death Registration

After a medical certificate of death has been obtained from the doctor, it should be taken for formal registration to the Registrar of Births and Deaths. If possible this should be done in the area where the person died. If this is not possible, it is best to discuss this with the Undertaker or registrar.

The Registrar will ask for the following details:

When the death has been registered, the registrar will issue a Green Form to enable the funeral/cremation to take place.

The Registrar will also issue a White Form (BD8) for Social Security purposes - e.g. pensions and allowances.

Certified copies of the death certificate are obtained from the Registrar. There is a charge made per certificate. Certified copies are normally needed by banks etc. and photocopies are not usually accepted as proof of death.

Details of the addresses, opening hours and contact details for all Cumbria's Registration Offices are given in the Cumbria County Council website, at:

Acknowledgements to Michael Nixon for this information.

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