Register a death

Important information →

The medical certificate cause of death will be sent to the register office. Once we receive it from the GP/hospital, we will contact the next of kin to arrange an appointment at the register office. You do not need to call us.

After a death, a doctor will issue a Medical Certificate Cause of Death (MCCD) or the coroner will hold a post - mortem and issue the relevant documentation

The GP surgery, hospital or hospice will send the registrars team an electronic copy of the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD), along with the next of kin contact details. If the coroner has been involved, they will produce the relevant documentation and also send directly to the registrars team. Until we receive the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD) or coroner documentation we are unable to complete the registration.

Once the Registrars Team has received all relevant documentation, they will contact the next of kin by telephone to book an appointment to attend the registration office to register the death.

Please note: If you need to register a stillbirth please complete the register a stillbirth form and we will phone you as soon as possible.

Who can register a death?

The death can be registered by:

  • A relative
  • Someone present at the death
  • Someone arranging the funeral.

Where can I register a death?

To complete a death registration, you can attend

  • Wigan Life Centre
  • Leigh Turnpike.

Deaths must be registered in the registration district of where the death occurred within 5 working days.

Making an appointment to register a death

We will contact you to arrange an appointment as soon as we receive all correct documentation.

To ensure that we have been passed on the relevant details you can complete our online form with your details.

Information for the appointment

You will need to provide the following information when you attend your appointment;

  • Date and place of death
  • Name and surname of the deceased
  • Maiden surname (if applicable)
  • Date and place of birth
  • Occupation
  • Name and occupation of husband, if the deceased was a married woman or widow
  • Address
  • If the deceased was married, the date of birth of the surviving widow or widower.

It is important that all details are registered correctly to produce the legal record. If any changes need to be made at a later date it will incur a fee.


Death Certificates can be purchased at the appointment. Certificates are £11 each and payment is by card only.

Tell Us Once

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, making it easier and simpler to sort out the deceased persons affairs.

If you do not wish to use this service, please advise the registrar.

Coroners service

The coroners service which covers Wigan and Leigh are based in Bolton. They deal with inquests and post-mortems.


If the death has been reported to the coroner and an inquest is needed, the next of kin will be issued with an interim death certificate from the coroner.  This will allow funeral arrangements to be made.

Once you have received the interim death certificate from the coroner you can complete the Tell Us Once service which will notify many different government organisations of the death, making it easier to sort out the deceased persons affairs.

To complete the Tell us Once, please email a copy of the interim death certificate to along with a contact name and number, a Registrar will then provide you with your unique reference number for the Tell us Once service.

Once the inquest has been carried out, the coroner will issue the relevant paperwork to Registrars Team.  The death can then be registered and a final death certificate can be ordered.  You do not need to attend the Register office for the death, following inquest to be registered. 

If you need to contact coroners service, please call 01204 338799.

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