Registering a Death
A death can only be registered once you have the Medical Cause
of Death Certificate from the doctor, or in the case of a death
reported to the coroner, confirmation from the coroner's office
that the appropriate certificates have been issued by his
A death must be registered within five days. This period can be
extended in exceptional circumstances and if the coroner is
involved. The registration must take place in the district where
the death happened. This can be at any of the registration offices
in Cheshire East.
If there is an inquest, or the death has to be referred to the
Coroner, the Coroner's officer will advise you of how
the case is progressing.
If you require information on deaths that happen abroad,
please visit the
Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website for further
How to register a death
We have an appointment system - call the Registration Service
0300 123 5019 to make an appointment at the registration office in
Cheshire East which is the most convenient to you.
The meeting with the Registrar will take
approximately 30 minutes.
If it is difficult to get to the appropriate registration
office, you may visit your local office and declare the necessary
information. Please note that the registration by declaration may
result in a delay in the issue of the document needed for the
funeral arrangements. For further advice please telephone the
Who can register the death?
- a relative of the deceased
- a person who was present at the death
- the person who is arranging the funeral
- the occupier of the establishment where the death took
What information will the registrar need?
About the deceased:
- the date and place of death
- their full name and any other names they are known by or have
been known by (the maiden name of a woman who has been
- their date and place of birth
- their occupation (if married, widowed or a civil partner, the
full name and occupation of their spouse or civil partner)
- their usual address
- date of birth of surviving spouse or civil partner
- whether they were in receipt of any public sector pension, e.g.
civil service, teacher, armed forces (reference number if
- their NHS
number or medical card, if available
About the person registering:
- your relationship to the deceased
- your full name
- your usual address
- All information is given to the best of your knowledge
What certificates are issued?
- A certificate for burial or cremation, known as the green form,
which the funeral director will need.
- A certificate for the Benefits Agency. You will need to
complete this and send it to off to cancel the deceased's state
pension and any other state allowances.
- Death certificates. You may need certified copies of the death
entry for other purposes (dealing with the will, probate, bank
accounts, insurance and so on. There is a small charge for these
After the information has been entered into the death register,
the registrar will issue the necessary forms and certificates.
Tell Us Once
When someone has died, there are lots of things that need to be
done. One of these is contacting the government departments
and local council services that need to be told. Cheshire
East Registration Service is now providing a service which will
make things easier. Once the death has been registered, the
registrar can give the relevant information to the Department
for Work and Pensions and they can then pass on this information to
a number of other government departments and local council
For further information contact the
Register Office or see Gov.UK
For further information on Bereavement Services, please
visit Cheshire East Bereavement Services.