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Registering a death

A death should be registered within five days, unless it has been, or needs to be reported to the coroner. Any death reported to the coroner can’t be registered until clearance has been received by the registrar. This can delay the issue of a certificate for burial or cremation.

Deaths are usually registered by a relative. If you are not sure whether you can register the death, please contact us.

The person registering the death will need to collect the medical certificate cause of death either from the hospital or the certifying doctor if the death occurred at home. This will need to be given to the registrar before the death can be registered. If there has been a post-mortem the coroner will send the certificate directly to the registrar.

Information we need

We will need the following information:

  • full names and surname, including previous names if applicable
  • date and place of birth
  • occupation
  • address
  • whether they were receiving a government pension or other benefits
  • name, date of birth and occupation of any spouse or civil partner if the deceased was married or in a civil partnership
  • NHS medical card if possible 

Purchasing death certificates

You can purchase death certificates when you register a death. We accept payment by cash, cheque or debit/credit card.

Where to register a death

A death needs to be registered in the district where it occurred. If the person passed away at the hospital or at home anywhere within Bridgend County Borough, you will need to register the death at one of the following locations:

Bridgend Register Office

Monday - Friday
9.30am - 4pm

Trinity Church, Porthcawl

10am - 12.30pm

Appointment only. Please contact the register office to make an appointment.

Y Llynfi Library, Maesteg Sports Centre, Maesteg

Tuesdays and Fridays
9.30am - 12.30pm

Pyle Life Centre

2.30 - 3.30pm

If you’re unable to visit one of these locations, please contact Bridgend Register Office. A registrar may be able to arrange a more suitable location. This could lead to a short delay in obtaining the required paperwork.


Bridgend Register Office

Bridgend County Borough Council
Telephone: 01656 642392 / 642393 / 642394
Address: Ty'r Ardd, Sunnyside, Bridgend, CF31 4AR.

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