Most local councils run a service called Tell Us Once - it lets you report a death to most government organisations in one go.
Your local registrar will tell you about using Tell Us Once and give you a unique reference number to access the service online or by telephone. You may be able to use it at the time you register the death. You’ll need to take with you the deceased’s:
- date of birth
- National Insurance number
- driving licence number
- passport number
- details of any benefits or entitlements they were getting, eg State Pension
- details of any local council services they were getting, eg Blue Badge
- name and address of their next of kin
- name, address and contact details of the person or company dealing with their estate (property, belongings and money), known as their ‘executor’ or ‘administrator’
You need permission from the next of kin, the executor, the administrator or anyone who was claiming joint benefits or entitlements with the deceased before you give their details.
Tell Us Once will notify:
- HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) - to deal with tax and cancel benefits
- Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) - to cancel benefits, eg income support
- Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) - to cancel a driving licence
- Passport Office - to cancel a passport
- The local council - to cancel housing benefit, council tax benefit, a Blue Badge, inform council housing services and remove the person from the electoral register
You’ll have to let the relevant organisations know about the death yourself if your local register office doesn’t offer the Tell Us Once service or you choose not to use it.
Tell Us Once isn’t available in Northern Ireland.
Banks and other financial organisations
Contact the person’s bank or mortgage, pension or insurance providers to close or change the details of their accounts.