Registration of deaths

1. Registering a death

A death must be registered within 5 days of the date the person died, in the district where the death occurred. If the death has been reported to a coroner it must be registered within 14 days.

In most cases, a relative must register the death. In certain circumstances, another person can register a death. For example, someone present at the time of death or a person arranging the funeral.

Paperwork for registering a death

We cannot register a death until we've been sent a medical certificate for cause of death (MCCD) from any of the following:

  • doctor
  • hospital
  • coroner's office

If you're not sure, you should contact the GP practice, hospital bereavement office or the coroner's office.

You can use our online appointment system to book an appointment to complete the registration process.

Book an appointment

Your appointment will take up to 30 minutes to complete.

The registrar will take you through the process of the registration and issue all the paperwork you need.

You'll also have an opportunity to purchase copies of the death certificate. These are £11 each and we can give them to you at the appointment. You can also order additional copies at any time after the appointment for postage or collection.

Our preferred method of payment is credit or debit card.

The registrar will also give you a reference number. This lets you report a death to most government organisations in one go using the Tell Us Once service on GOV.UK.

Register a death by declaration

Please note that deaths should be registered in the district in which they occurred, however, you can make a declaration to register the death in the district where you live.

If you're a Stockport resident, you need to ask the registering district to send us the paperwork before we can register the death here.

We cannot issue any death certificates at the appointment, you must be order these from the authority where the death occurred, so you may experience a delay. You can find details of Register Offices on GOV.UK.