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.
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.
- 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 is available on the Gov.UK website.