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Registering the death

After someone passes away their death must be registered. You can go to any register office but if you use the one in the area where the person died you'll be given the documents you'll need on the day. You can find your nearest register office in the phone book or online at: You may need to make an appointment.

Important information

  • In England and Wales you need to register the death within five days. In Scotland you have eight days to register.
  • When registering, you'll need the doctor's certificate and possibly supporting information, such as a birth or marriage certificate. If in doubt, check with your local register office before attending.
  • The register office will give you a Death Certificate. Most organisations, including HSBC, will need to see original documents, so you may want to ask for extra copies. (The register office makes a small charge for this).

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Letting us know

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You can inform us of a bereavement online.

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Write to us

You can send documents to:

HSBC Bereavement Services

51 Saffron Road


LE18 4AG 

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