You must register a death within five days unless a Coroner is investigating the circumstances of the death.  Deaths that have occurred within the Sunderland area (regardless of where the deceased lived) must be registered with the Sunderland Registration Service in Sunderland Civic Centre;

Burdon Road


SR2 7DN (for post) or SR2 7SN (for driving). 

Once you have been told you can register a death please call 0191 5205553 to make an appointment (it is necessary to have a pre-arranged appointment).  The appointment will take about half an hour and you will collect copies of the death certificate and, if relevant, paperwork to allow the funeral to proceed. 

You may also wish to consider using the “Tell Us Once” service so that you need not report the death several times to different Government bodies.   

If you are not from Sunderland and do not plan to travel here, you may be able to register at your local Register Office “by declaration”.  Please call your local office to arrange this. 

Please visit Sunderland City Council website for further information.