Disclosure of Death Registration Information
Under the Police and Justice Act 2006 and the Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Act 2006, the Registrars General for England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland can disclose death registration information to assist in the prevention, detection, investigation or prosecution of offences.
Following a public consultation, the DDRI scheme was launched on 16 January 2008. Information about the consultation and other milestones leading to the establishment of the scheme can be found on the DDRI background page.
The DDRI scheme is administered, on behalf of the three Registrars General, by the Data Delivery team in the General Register Office (England & Wales).
Organisations wishing to apply for a weekly supply of UK death registration data must be able to demonstrate that they will only use the information in the prevention, detection, investigation or prosecution of offences. In addition, they will need to meet the required security standards. Details of how organisations meet these criteria can be found on the eligibility page. A description of the Application Process and a copy of the application form can be found on the application process page.
For answers to any questions you have on the DDRI scheme please see Frequently Asked Questions document below.
Please note that the DDRI scheme only provides for the supply of death registration data for the UK as a whole. Requests for data under section 13 of the Police and Justice Act 2006 specific to England, Wales or Northern Ireland should be made directly to the appropriate Registrar General. Requests for data specific to Scotland may be able to be met under the Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Act 2006 : enquiries should be made to the Registrar General for Scotland (see contact details below).
Licensed DDRI customers receive a weekly electronic file, on CD, of new deaths registered within the UK.
Following the launch of the scheme the Registrars General committed to undertake a review of the service approximately 12 months later. As part of the review the following processes were considered:
- application process
- security and business compliance
- licence agreement renewal
- marketing, products and fees
- delivery options
The review has now been completed and can be found in the link below.
Any queries relating to the review should be addressed to email@example.com
The provision of historic information is dependent on the progress of the project to digitise death records for England and Wales. Information on the status of this project can be found on the Digitisation project page.
Contacts for more information:
- England and Wales: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Scotland: email@example.com
- Northern Ireland: firstname.lastname@example.org