Register a death

Coronavirus → Changes to registering a death

Face-to-face registrations are still suspended. Until further notice, we will be registering deaths and still births over the telephone.

We will contact you within 5 working days to complete the registration. There is no need to contact us. 

To complete the registration over the telephone -

  • 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 5 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 or can be arranged to be collected.

If you are aware that the coroner has been involved or you have not heard from us after 5 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?

Death registrations will take place over the telephone. We will contact you within 5 working days.

Please only contact us if you have not heard from us after 5 days.

Making an appointment to register a death

No appointment is currently necessary. We will call you to complete the death registration. You will be able to pay for as You as many death certificates as you need, at a cost of £11 each, payable by card over the telephone.

You will need the following details to complete the registration:

  • Date and place of deceased persons death
  • Full name of deceased person
  • Full name, home address and contact telephone number of person registering death.

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 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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