When a body is taken out of England and Wales

There is no restriction on the removal of bodies within England and Wales, but notice is necessary where the removal is to Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, as well as abroad.

A Form of Notice (form 104) may be obtained from a coroner. Any certificate for burial or cremation already issued by the registrar or the coroner must be given to the coroner with the notice.

The coroner will acknowledge receipt of the notice and say when the removal of the body may take place. This will normally be after four clear days from when the coroner received the notice. If it is urgent, the person giving notice to the coroner should speak to him or her personally since it may be possible to allow the removal sooner than the four days.

Further advice about registering a death in England or Wales may be obtained from your local registrar or from;

  • Username General Register Office (register deaths)
  • Telephone 0300 123 1837
  • Address
    The General Register Office
    Trafalgar Road
    PR8 2HH


Births, marriages and deaths

See also