Report a birth or death to most government organisations in one go using the Tell Us Once service.

Check you can use Tell Us Once

Ask if your local council’s register offices provide the service when you book your appointment to register the birth or death.

If they don’t, you must register the birth or death and let relevant government departments know about it yourself.

Tell Us Once isn’t available in Northern Ireland.

How to use Tell Us Once after a death

You can use the service:

  • in person at the same time as you register the death by taking the information below to the registrar’s appointment
  • online, by asking the registrar for a Tell Us Once reference number and using the Tell Us Once online service
  • over the phone, by asking the registrar for a Tell Us Once reference number and calling the Department for Work and Pensions

Information you need

You need the following information about the deceased:

  • 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 must get the permission of the next of kin, the executor, administrator or anyone who was claiming joint benefits or entitlements with the deceased before you give their details.

Department for Work and Pensions
0800 085 7308
Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm
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How to use Tell Us Once after a birth

Bring the following information to your registrar’s appointment:

  • the date of birth, address, phone and National Insurance number of the people to be named on the birth register, or of any partner living in the same household
  • details of benefits anyone to be named on the birth register is getting or has applied for
  • details of benefits any partner living in the same household is getting or has applied for
  • a completed child benefit claim form

The registrar will advise you which departments can be informed of the birth information.

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