Death Certificate Fees to increase...


Death certificate fees to increase from April 16 2019.

The Secretary of State has announced that from 16th February 2019 the cost of obtaining a copy of a death certificate will in some instances more than double.

At present there is a three tiered system in regards to the fees payable to obtain a death certificate:

  • £4 for certificates issued at the time of registration of the death;
  • £7 for certificates issued after the time of registration but whilst the register is still open; and
  • £10 for certificates issued after the register has been closed.

From 16th February, a standard rate of £11 will be payable to obtain a certified copy of a death certificate irrespective of the point of which it is requested. Additionally, the cost of expediting a request for a certified copy of the document will be £35.

Typically, a family will obtain 6 copies of a death certificate at a cost of £24 on the assumption that they will need them. If that continues then the cost would be £66 under the new system.

Generally speaking most life insurance companies will insist on receiving an original death certificate. Banks and Building Societies will either take a copy and photocopy it, or accept a Solicitors Death Certificate Verification Form which is a copy that a Solicitor has prepared.

This coupled with the proposed hike in Probate Court Fees, due in April, is yet another attack on the dead.

If you are not sure on how many certificates are required following the death of a loved please do not hesitate to contact a member of our Wills, Trusts and Probate Team on 01733 882800.

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