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Death and Bereavement guidance

Plymouth City Council have information to help and guide you when someone sadly dies. 

How to register a death

You must register a death within five days of the death at the Register Office of the district where the death takes place. In Plymouth you can register a death at the Plymouth Register Office or at our sub district office which is located at Building 1, in Derriford Business Park on a Wednesday and a Thursday.  To make an appointment call 01752 268331 or email regoff@plymouth.gov.uk.

How to register a stillbirth

You must register a stillbirth within 42 days of the birth at the register office of the district where the birth takes place. In Plymouth you can register a stillbirth at the Plymouth Register Office. To make an appointment call 01752 268331 or email regoff@plymouth.gov.uk.

How to correct a death registration

A correction to a death registration can only be made if the information is wrong.

If you notice a mistake on your death certificate call 01752 268331 or email regoff@plymouth.gov.uk. If the mistake is minor we can make an appointment with you to make the correction or if the mistake involves a name you'll need contact the Plymouth Register Office.

The role of the coroner 

Coroners are independent judicial officers, meaning no-one else can tell them or direct them as to what to do but they must follow the laws and regulations which apply in England and Wales. They are usually lawyers.

Burial and cremation in Plymouth

View the death and bereavement directory of local services and organisations

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