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When & Where to Register a Death

When to register

Legally, a death must be registered within 5 days of it happening - though this period may be extended in certain circumstances, for example, when the Coroner has been consulted.

If you are unsure about time limitations, or think you may not be able to register within 5 days please contact the Register Office for further information.

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Special circumstances for priority appointments and visits

Parents who suffer a still birth, or the death of a child can make a priority appointment at the Register Office - usually within 24 hours. You can also ask for a registrar to go to a hospital or hospice and we will guarantee to attend within 48 hours.

We will meet our appointment times as closely as possible. If you are late for your appointment we aim to see you within an hour. If you are early we will see you as soon as possible.

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Where to register

If the death occurred in the borough of Poole it must be registered at:

Poole Register Office
The Guildhall
Market Street
Poole
BH15 1NF

To minimise waiting time you will need to make an appointment convenient for you. Telephone: 01202 633744

Opening Times:
Monday - Thursday
9:00am - 4:30pm
Friday
9:00am - 4:00pm 

Do I have to come to Poole to register?

If it is too distressing or impractical for you to visit the Register Office at Poole you can go to another Register Office in England and Wales (for example, the one closest to your home) to see the Registrar there.

This process is called a 'Death Declaration' and the Registrar who sees you will forward the information you give there to the Registrar at Poole.

In this case, any death certificates you require, and the authority allowing the funeral director to proceed with arrangements, will be sent to you by post.

Please remember however that such arrangements rely on many different organisations and services (postal services), will inevitably delay the arrangements you are making for the funeral. If you choose to use this facility please contact the Register Office in advance for further information.

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Contact us

Email
registrars@poole.gov.uk

Telephone
01202 633744

Address
Registrars
The Register Office
The Guildhall
Market Street Poole
BH15 1NF


Opening Times:
Monday - Thursday
9:00am - 4:30pm
Friday
9:00am - 4:00pm