The following is from Tameside.gov.uk website

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.