Register a death

Coronavirus → Changes to registering a death

From 6th April 2020, face-to-face registration have been suspended. Until further notice, we will be registering deaths and still births over the telephone.

During this emergency period we have introduced a new process:

  • Your GP surgery, hospital or hospice will send us an electronic copy of the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD), along with the next of kin contact details
  • Our registrars will then call the next of kin to complete the registration over the telephone - we aim to complete this within 3 days working days of receiving the certificate to avoid delays to any arrangements
  • Following registration, the necessary certificates for burial or cremation will be issued electronically to the relevant organisation/authority. This process will reduce the need for documents to be posted or hand delivered in person at a register office or elsewhere
  • Death Certificates can be purchased with payment over the telephone and will be posted to the next of kin.

If you are aware that the coroner has been involved or you have not heard from us after 3 days of the doctor sending us the Medical certificate cause of death, you can:

After a death, either a doctor will issue a medical certificate or the coroner will hold a post mortem.

The medical certificate is issued to the next of kin by the doctor/hospital/hospice and you will need to bring it to your appointment. Without the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD) we are unable to register the death.

Deaths must be registered at the register office closest to where the death occurred within 5 working days (of medical certificate being issued or post mortem being held).

You must make an appointment to register a 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?

  • A relative
  • A person present at the death
  • The person arranging the funeral.

Where can I register a death?

If the death occurred in the district of Wigan and Leigh you can register the death at the following venues  by appointment:

  • Wigan Life Centre (North), The Wiend - Monday to Friday, 9.10am to 4.30pm
  • Leigh Library, Turnpike Centre, Civil Square, Leigh - Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm

If the death occurred outside the district you should register the death at the register office closest to where the death occurred. 

If this is not possible you can still book an appointment at Wigan or Leigh Register Office who will submit a declaration to the correct district (please note this may delay funeral arrangements).

In this case the forms needed for the funeral will be posted to you, for copy certificates you will need to apply directly to the relevant district.

Making an appointment to register a death

You will need to pre-order as many death certificates as you need, at a cost of £11 each, payable by card when you book your appointment.

What information do I need to bring to an appointment?

It is important that you bring all of the following information to the appointment:

  • The medical certificate from the hospital / doctor (if applicable)
  • Full name, including maiden name if applicable, of deceased person
  • Date and place of birth of deceased person
  • Current home address and last occupation of deceased person
  • Current passport and/or current driving licence (if applicable) of the deceased person
  • National insurance number (if applicable) of the deceased person
  • Full name, date of birth, current or last occupation and national insurance number of deceased person’s spouse/partner (if applicable)
  • Any documents from the DWP showing pensions/benefits the deceased person was receiving
  • Blue Badge (if applicable) of the deceased person
  • Any details regarding any Public Sector or Armed Forces pensions the deceased was receiving 

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 register office on the day.

Coroners service

The coroners service which covers the district of Wigan and Leigh is based in Bolton. They deal with inquests and post-mortems.

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


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