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 Town Hall, Market Street - 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 certificates and forms needed for the funeral will be posted to you.
If the death occurred at Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, Wigan then you may be offered an appointment by the bereavement service to register the death at the infirmary. Please ask the bereavement service about this when you speak to them to arrange collection of the medical certificate.
The registrar office at the Infirmary is open 9.00 to 5.00 Tuesday to Friday and they will make the appointment for you over the phone.
Making an appointment to register a death
You will need to pre-order as many death certificates as you need, at a cost of £4 each, payable by card when you book your appointment.
What details do I need to make an appointment?
- Date and place of deceased persons death
- Full name of deceased person
- Full name, home address and contact telephone number of person registering death.
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.
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.