Death certificates

The death certificate is a certified copy of the entry in the Register of Deaths.

The original certificate is the actual entry in the register and any copies issued from it carry a statutory fee which, unfortunately, we are unable to waive.

From 16 February 2019 there will be an increase in certificate fees: 

  • express service - £35 
  • all other certificates - £11 

This increase is a statutory fee from central government and the registrar general.

You can pay by cash, debit or credit card.

Who will need a certificate

You may need a copy of the certificate for the following:

  • will
  • pension claims
  • insurance policies
  • bank accounts
  • premium bonds

It is easier to purchase these copies at the time you visit the registrar

If the registrar at Poole is unable to issue all the certificates you require immediately, these can be posted to you by first class post later that day. If you choose to declare a death at another office, you can call that office on the next working day to pay with a credit or debit card.

If your certificate is urgent then please contact the General Register Office on 0300 123 1837 to order your certificate.

Page last updated: 30 April 2019
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