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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.

Request a call back

To help ensure the accuracy of the information recorded in the register and reduce future corrections, it is useful to bring the following identity documents for the deceased person if you have them.

  • Birth certificate or passport.
  • Driving licence.
  • Marriage or civil partnership certificate.

If you do not have these documents the registrar can still proceed with the registration.

From 1 November 2017 there will be a fee to consider corrections in a death registration. 

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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