When someone has died we can help you tell the people who need to know using the Tell Us Once service.
This service means that we will contact government organisations and other council services on your behalf.
You can use this service when you visit one of our registrar offices to register a death
We will be able to tell the following organisations:
Department for Work and Pensions:
pension, disability and carers service
Ministry of Defence Service Personnel and Veterans Agency:
War Pensions Scheme
HM Revenue & Customs:
Child Tax Credit & Working Tax Credit
Identity and Passport Service:
The following organisations can also be told at your request:
Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency:
Driving Licence cancellation
Council Tax & Housing Benefits
collection of payment for council services
any other council service as appropriate
The information you give will be treated securely and confidentially. The organisations who are contacted will use the information to:
end services, benefits and credits
resolve any outstanding issues
in other ways as the law allows
To ensure that you get the most out of the service it will help if you can provide the following information about the person who has died:
their National Insurance number and date of birth
details of any benefits or services they were receiving
their driving licence or driving licence number
their passport or passport number and town/country of birth
We may also ask you for the contact details for:
their next of kin
a surviving husband, wife or civil partner
the person dealing with their estate
If you are going to provide us with information about these people you must have their permission.
If you are the next of kin (closest relative by blood or marriage to the deceased), your entitlement to benefits may change, so please have your own National Insurance number and/or give us your date of birth with you when you contact us.
If you are not the next of kin or the person who is dealing with the deceased’s estate (the person sorting out their property, belongings and money), you can still use the service if you have their permission to provide their details and act on their behalf.