Registration of deaths

Our online form is currently unavailable. Death registrations will be conducted over the phone rather than a face to face visit. We'll contact you when we've received the paperwork from the doctor or coroner. If you do not receive a telephone call from us within 48 hours of receiving a call from the doctor or coroner advising they have provided us with the paperwork, call 0161 474 3363.

If you need help and support during this difficult time, please call the:

  • bereavement helpline on 0800 2600 400
  • coronavirus helpline on 0800 024 1222, Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm

You can also find support and information if someone dies during the coronavirus pandemic on the GOV.UK website.

Registration of deaths

1. Overview

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

Please make sure you are the only person in your family making the appointment to register the death.

In certain circumstances, another person can register a death.

  • someone present at the time of death
  • a person arranging the funeral (not the undertaker)

You’ll need to register the death before you can get the documents you need to arrange a funeral and sort out the deceased’s estate.