A: The Death Notification Service is a free online notification service that allows a member of the public to notify participating banks, building society and institutions’ related brands, of the death of a family member, friend or care home resident.
A: To register a death visit https://www.gov.uk/register-a-death
You may be able to use the Tell Us Once service to report a death to most government organisations in one go.
A: Following the death of a friend or family member, it can be hard having the same conversation with multiple organisations and to repeat the same painful words time after time.
The online Death Notification Service has been created by the participating banks and building society to enable a member of the public to notify these firms, including their various brands, about the death of a family member in one go, allowing them to deal with the administration at the pace that suits them. This is an additional service to the notification and bereavement services already offered by institutions.
A: The service is open to anyone who has recently suffered a bereavement and wishes to notify one or more of the participating organisations. The online form allows the individual to make one quick and straightforward notification that will then be used to contact all the relevant member organisations. Once the form has been completed, confirmation of receipt will be provided by the Death Notification Service and the relevant organisations notified. The notified organisations will update their records and advise the individual of the next steps. Notifiers can expect to receive communication from individual firms within 10 calendar days, including and allowing for postal times, from the date of the notification.
A: Details of the organisations who are part of the service can be found here.
A: Individuals should contact that institution directly to register the person’s death, as they would do currently. A full list of participating firms is available on the homepage of the Death Notification Service for customers to check membership. Going forward, we would hope to see this service extended to other banks and building societies.
A: No, the Death Notification Service is a free, system for financial organisations – it is a separate, independent service and is not linked to or is a replacement for Tell Us Once which is a service that lets you report a death to government organisations only. Further information of the government service can be found on https://www.gov.uk/after-a-death/organisations-you-need-to-contact-and-tell-us-once
A: Anyone can complete the notification. If the notifier is representing the deceased in dealing with the estate, they will receive information with the next steps.
If they are not dealing with the broader estate, or are not entitled to any funds in the accounts, but are helping by informing of the death only, they will be sent correspondence to confirm the notification has been received. We do ask, where known, if the notifier is aware of who is dealing with the estate, then their details are recorded so they can be contacted directly and advised on next steps.
A: To use the service the notifier will need the following details of the person who died:
The following information is helpful so that the financial institutions can quickly confirm whether they hold open accounts for the deceased, but is not mandatory.
The notifier will also be asked to provide details about themselves for identification purposes. The details asked for are:
The notifier will not be required to provide proof of death to notify the financial organisation but they may be required to do so at a later date. The requirement to provide proof will be dependent on the Financial Institutions processes.
A: If the notifier creates an account when they notify of a death they can log back into this account at a later date within the next three months and add additional accounts or notify additional institutions as they are made aware of them. They will not be able to update their own details or the details of the deceased following submission of the notification, but can make a notification of a separate death if required.
A: The notifier will receive acknowledgement of the notification and an outline of next steps by the financial organisations within 10 calendar days from the date of the notification.
A: No, once notified each of the member organisations will be in touch with the notifier to advise of the next steps. For security purposes, the Death Notification Service support team do not have access to bank account information.
A: No. If the individual is in the process of retrieving a declaration of presumed death, please contact the individual financial institutions directly to discuss.
A: The Death Notification Service is an online service that has been created to advise multiple organisations of a death. From a technical perspective, if an individual is experiencing difficulty when using the service they should contact the Service helpline on (local rate) 0333 2076574 where an advisor will be able to guide them through the notification service.
A: If the case is particularly time-sensitive (for example, if money or property needs to be released from the estate urgently), the notifier should discuss it with the deceased’s bank or building society directly before using the service.
A: When a death is notified through the Death Notification Service, the service will validate the notification by undertaking checks of the information provided. The death of the customer will be checked against the General Records Office (GRO) database to confirm the death. Where a death cannot be validated against GRO Database, the notification will still be supplied to the relevant financial institution but further checks and validation may be undertaken by the financial institution.
The notifier details will be validated using an Experian check. This will confirm that the notifier is a genuine person and that created details have not been entered in an effort to undertake fraudulent activity. A Financial institution will be notified where a notifier fails an Experian check.
A: No. We will only use the data to confirm the notifier’s identity and no credit check is carried out.
A: A person dealing with the estate will usually be referred to as a Personal Representative, Executor or Administrator. A Personal Representative is the person who is legally entitled to administer the estate of the person who has died (referred to as ‘the deceased’). The term ‘personal representatives’, is used because it includes both Executors and Administrators. Sometimes this is not known immediately, it is not a requirement of the notification for this to be known at this time but it would be helpful information for the financial organisations at a later date.
If you wish to add details of the person dealing with the estate following the submission of the notification and you created an account, you can do this by telephoning the service helpline on 0333 2076574.
A: A Will is not required to complete the notification process. It may be helpful for firms to know whether there is a will or not as this may speed up their internal processes. If the person who has died has left a Will, the member organisations will be able to confirm the person or people named as executors who will be required to take legal responsibility for carrying out the instructions in the Will, and dealing with the money and property.
A: If a mistake has been made on the notification and it has been submitted for validation, please contact the financial institution directly as we are unable to edit any details about you, the deceased or the person looking after the estate at this time.
A: You can contact the Death Notification Service on 0333 2076574 or email on email@example.com. In addition, you can contact the relevant banks or building society directly.
A: Please contact the financial institutions directly using the appropriate details below
HSBC- UK Bereavement Support Team
0345 850 0088
Lines are open 8:30am to 6pm, Monday to Friday and Saturdays 9am to 2pm (excluding public holidays)
first direct Bereavement Support Team
0113 276 6669
The first direct Bereavement Support Team are available everyday (except Christmas Day) 8am-10pm Monday to Thursday, 8am-9pm Friday, 8am-7pm Saturday and 9am-10pm Sunday.
0345 9000 900
Santander Bereaved Assist
0800 587 5870
Lines are open 8am to 7pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 2pm on Saturday.
0800 015 0012
0800 028 1057
Bank of Scotland
0800 056 0073
NatWest - Bereavement Services Team
0800 161 5903
open Mon to Fri 08:00 - 18:00, Sat 09:00 - 13:00
Barclays Bereavement Centre
0800 068 2238
option 2 opening times 9am-5pm weekdays
Nationwide - Bereavement Helpdesk
0800 464 3018
Lines are open: Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm, Sat 9am to 12pm
The Mortgage Works (TMW)
08000 30 40 60
UCB Home Loans Ltd
0800 464 3014
Cruse Bereavement Care
The Money Advice Service
Citizens Advice Bureau
The General Register for Scotland
HM Revenue & Customs
Tell Us Once
The National Will Register