Tell multiple government agencies about someone’s death

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When someone dies there are often several government departments and agencies that you need to tell. For example, you may need to cancel a passport or driving licence, blue badge, stop Council Tax benefit or remove the deceased details from the electoral register.

The Tell Us Once service collects information about the deceased (person who has died) and passes it on to the relevant government departments and agencies on your behalf, so you don’t have to contact each one individually.

When registering a death, with your permission, we can inform the relevant government departments and some council services about the person who has died. 

To use the Tell Us Once service you will need the:

  • Tell Us Once reference number given to you when you register the death
  • name, date of death and National Insurance Number of the deceased
  • contact details, date of birth or National Insurance Number of the next of kin (closest relative by blood or marriage)
  • details of the person or company dealing with the deceased's property, belongings and money (estate)

Additionally:

  • If the deceased held a passport please bring it along and we will cancel it for you and inform the Passport Service;
  • If the deceased held a driving licence please bring it along and we'll cancel it for you and inform the Driver Vehicle Licence Authority (DVLA);
  • If the deceased had a Council Blue Badge for car parking then please bring that along too.

We can notify other local authorities who are signed up to the 'Tell Us Once' service. 

If you do not wish to complete this at the time of the death registration, we can give you a reference number and an online web address to complete this at home in your own time.

You can also call 0800 085 7308 (mobile phone operators may charge for this call). Lines are open 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.

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