Cheshire West & Chester Council logo

Register a death

You normally need to register a death within five days. If the coroner is involved it may take longer.

Where to find help 

Online

You can book an appointment to register a death online.

General enquiries

Your appointment will take around half an hour.

There is no charge to register a death.

Death certificates

The registrar will give you:

If you want a Death Certificate (certified copy of death entry) you can buy this from the Registrar at the time for £4.

If you need a copy of either certificate at a later date, the fee will be either £7 or £10.

If you will be dealing with the deceased's estate you are likely to need several copies.

Who should register a death

Most deaths are registered by a relative but the registrar will allow others if no relatives are available.

This includes:

In certain circumstances other people, such as the administrator of an elderly persons' home, can register a death.

Further information

Further information is available on the Gov.UK website.