Registering a Death
How to register 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 office.
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 information.
Where 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 Registration Service.
People 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 place.
Information the registrar will 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 married)
- 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 known)
- their NHS number or medical card, if available
To help ensure the accuracy of the information recorded in the register, it would be helpful if you could bring supporting documentation (eg passport, driving licence, utility bill, birth and marriage certificates). This will reduce the need for corrections to the entry in the future and the inconvenience and potential costs involved. Please note that there is an additional fee for any correction that needs to be made to a death entry.
Do not worry if any of these documents are not available as the registrar can still proceed to register the death
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
Certificates that 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 charge for these certificates.
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 services.
For further information contact the Register Office or see Gov.UK
For further information on Bereavement Services, please visit Cheshire East Bereavement Services.