Exhumation Licence

To remove human remains from the ground you will need an Exhumation Licence. You might want an Exhumation Licence to examine the contents of a coffin which is buried, or to move the deceased person’s remains to another location.

Licence Name

Exhumation Licence

Ministry of Justice
4 weeks

Application for a Home Office Exhumation Licence
  • Submit Application
  • Send to Ministry of Justice and addressed to the Coroners, Burials, Cremation and Inquiries Team.
Application for Bishops Faculty Exhumation Licence
  • Submit Application
  • Send to application to the Church of England representative in local area
Additional potential cost of exhumation
  • Cemetery fees
  • Removal of memorials
  • Funeral director fees
  • Bishop fees (if remains are buried on consecrated ground)
  • Re-burial costs
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