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Register a death

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

Please note that it is necessary to make an appointment to register a death in Cheshire West and Chester.

Book an appointment

There is no charge to register a death. You can book an appointment to register a death online. Your appointment will take around half an hour.

You can also contact us by telephone and email.

Death certificates

The registrar will give you:

  • A certificate for burial or cremation
  • A certificate of registration of death

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.

Who should register a death

Most deaths are registered by a relative. In some cases other people may be able to register.

This includes:

  • a person present at the death
  • a person making arrangements with the funeral directors
  • an administrator from the hospital or elderly person’s home.

Registering by declaration

A death is normally registered in the area where it occurred. If this is not convenient it may be possible to attend a register office elsewhere in England and Wales.  However this may lead to a delay in receiving any documents for the funeral.

Further information

Further information is available on the Gov.UK website.

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