Registering a Death

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All deaths must be registered in the area where it occurred, although it is possible to give the information in another area. The process of registering a death involves a short interview with a Registrar in a Registrars Office.  The main registrars offices in Oxfordshire are listed below:





The Garth Bodicote House 1 Tidmarsh Lane Council Offices
Launton Road Banbury Oxford Woodgreen
Bicester Witney
OX26 6PS OX15 4AA OX1 1NS OX28 1NB
Bicester ceremony room
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Visits to this office are by appointment only
Banbury ceremony room
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Visits to this office are by appointment only
Oxford ceremony room
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Opening times:Monday – Thursday 9am-4.30pm, Friday 9am-4pm
Witney ceremony room
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Visits to this office are by appointment only


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Oxfordshire Registration Service Appointments

Telephone: 0845 129 5900
Fax: 01865 722017


Consultations with registrars are by appointment only and you must produce the relevant information and documents to register a death.  Personal information about the deceased required includes their full name and address, their date of birth, details of location and time of death, and their occupation if applicable. If the deceased is a married woman her maiden name is also required as well as her husband’s full name and occupation.  You will

also need to produce the ‘certificate of cause of death’, more commonly known as the death certificate.


The death certificate is given to you by a GP or hospital doctor.  In the event a coroner is involved, the issuing of a death certificate can be delayed.  A coroner is involved when there is to be a post mortem examination or inquest into the death.  A death certificate will not be issued until the coroner has conducted the examination or inquest.  This can take some time and can have an effect on the funeral plans.  Only certain people can register the death.  These include any relative of the deceased, any person present at the death, any person who lives in the house where the person died, or any person arranging the funeral, other than the funeral director.  On completion of registering a death the registrar will issue you with two certificates.  One of these is a white certificate to be filled out and given to the social security office in the area the person has died.  The other certificate is green and should be given to D L Hancock Ltd Funeral Directors as soon as possible.