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Register a death

When someone dies you will need to report the death to many organisations and government departments.

Tell Us Once is a free service offered by HM Government. It enables you to report a death only once, telling central and local government services securely and confidentially without you having to inform them individually.

A short information video explaining the Tell Us Once service can be viewed via YouTube.

Many services can be notified and these include:

  • the local council - to update services such as Council Housing, Housing Benefit, Council Tax, Blue Badge and remove the person from the Electoral Register
  • HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) - to deal with personal tax and to update regarding Child Benefit and Tax Credits claims (contact HMRC separately for business taxes, like VAT)
  • Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) - to update benefits information for example: State Pension, Universal Credit
  • Passport Office - to cancel a British passport
  • Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) - to cancel a driving licence and to remove registered keeper details, possibly for up to five vehicles
  • Public Sector or Armed Forces Pension Schemes - to update pension records
Report a death via Tell Us Once