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Who can register a death?

In the event of a death one of the following persons has a legal obligation to register the death:

  • a relative of the deceased

  • a person present at the death

  • a person arranging the funeral (not the undertaker)

In certain circumstances others, such as the administrator of an elderly persons home can register a death, for advice please contact the Register Office.

When should I register a deaths?

A death should normally be registered within 5 days unless the Coroner is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death.
It is best to carry out the registration in the district in which the death occurred – this will mean that the documents necessary will be obtained more easily, minimising any delays to the registration.

What is needed to register?

You have to register a death in the Registration District where the death took place, although it is possible to give a declaration of the details to be registered to a registrar in another area.

You will need to provide the following information about the deceased:-

 You will need to bring a medical certificate of cause of death issued by a doctor. If the death has been referred to the Coroner, the Coroner's officer will advise you what to do.

If the deceased received a pension or allowance from public funds, eg: Civil service or army pension please inform the registrar.​

If these documents are not available the Registrar can still proceed to register.

Emergency “out of hours”

An emergency “out of hours” service is available for the following only-

  • People needing to register a death and make burial arrangements at short notice due to religious beliefs. 


This service can be requested via the Council’s 24 hour emergency call centre on 0161 342 2222.

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**The registrar will issue a green certificate - this is required when making funeral arrangements, please keep safe and hand to your Funeral Director.

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