Anyone can apply to change an original death registration certificate. Find out how to correct a death registration with the register office in the United Kingdom.
In fact, once a register office has issued a death certificate no one can change the death register.
But, you can apply to get a note added to the registration to amend the original death entry.
Getting an updated certificate issued afterward would show the amended note.
Even so, the original information must be wrong for you to get a correction to a death registration. One typical, and common, reason is a spelling mistake of a deceased person's name.
A death register will always show the original information. But, they will add a note to the margin of the register once an amendment gets authorised. The note explains the correct information and the date that they made the correction.
In fact, unlike correcting a birth certificate, there are no restrictions on who can apply to correct an original death entry.
The General Register Office may need some extra information before they consider making a correction. As a rule, they will need a letter from the person who gave the original details for registering the death.
The first step is to contact the particular register office that registered the death. They will confirm how to send the application, how much it will cost, and a method of payment.
You will be applying for a correction to the General Register Office where there has not been a Coroner's inquest. Fill in the application form to correct a death certificate and send it to the same register office.
Note: The cost to apply to correct a mistake in a death registration is £75 or £90 if it needs referring to GRO.
You must be able to show how the information given during the registration was wrong. So, you will need to send in some documents with your application.
The documentation should show what the correct information should have been and dated around the time of the death.
The typical kind of documents used to prove wrongness can include:
Note: In most cases, failure to send in documented proof means the corrections cannot usually be carried out. They will destroy all certified copies sent with an application unless you ask for a return.
They will not accept certain kinds of documents. So, make sure you send in certified documents as true copies of the originals.
You should arrange an appointment if the correction to a death registration is being made at your register office. You will then be able to witness the correction and sign the note made in margin of the death register.
The process differs if you are applying to the General Register Office. You should state that you want to witness the correction on the application form instead.
The GRO can ask you to send a 'statutory declaration' to them about the change to a death certificate. As a rule, it happens most when someone applies to correct a serious mistake (e.g. a person's name). There may be a fee involved.
There is no set time given for the process of correcting a death registration. As a general rule, you should allow up to four weeks to get a reply.
You can contact either your local register office or the General Register Office (GRO). They can offer you further advice on applying to make a death certificate correction.
General Register Office (GRO)
Telephone: 0300 123 1837
Textphone: 18001 0300 123 1837
Monday to Friday: 8am to 8pm
Saturday: 9am to 4pm
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How to Correct a Death Registration in the United Kingdom