Only deaths that occur within the district of Wigan and Leigh can be registered at our office. If the death occurred elsewhere please contact the Register Office local to where the death occurred.
More information can be found at Direct Gov Website (External Link)
All deaths must be registered within 5 working days of the date of death.
A doctor will issue a medical certificate to the next of kin either from the hospital or a surgery unless the deceased has had a post-mortem, then details will be issued from the coroner direct to the Register Office.
Once the medical certificate has been received or the post-mortem has been completed, the next of kin will need to make an appointment to register the death either at Wigan Town Hall or Leigh Town Hall.
Appointments are available at Wigan Town Hall, Monday to Friday, 9.00 am to 4.30 pm. Also at Leigh Town Hall, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9.30 am to 4.00 pm. As part of your appointment you will be offered the Tell Us Once Service. This service will notify many different government organisations of the death.
A relative, someone present at the death or person dealing with the funeral arrangements can register the death. Please contact the Register Office for more information if there are special circumstances.
Appointments will last no longer than 60 minutes, please note if you do attend your appointment late you may need to be re-arranged.
You will be required to provide the following information:
- date and place of death
- full name of deceased
- maiden name, if applicable
- date and place of birth
- last or current occupation
- if the deceased was married the full name, date of birth and current or last occupation of the spouse
- current home address of the deceased
- your full name and home address
You must make an appointment to register a death, at Wigan Town Hall or Leigh Town Hall, by telephoning our contact centre on 01942 705000.