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Registering a Death

In England and Wales, it is a legal requirement to register the death within 5 days. You will need to attend a registration appointment at the register office that has jurisdiction over the area where the person died. You can find the contact details for all the register offices in the Greater Manchester area towards the bottom of this page. Please ask your funeral director if you require any assistance in making an appointment at the relevant register office, or if you have any questions relating to the registration process.

Who can register the death?

The death must be registered by one of the following individuals:

  1. A close surviving relative of the deceased, usually a spouse, child or parent

  2. A person present at the moment of death

  3. An occupant of the house in which the person died

  4. An appointed official from the hospital or insitution in which the person was a patient or resident

  5. A person who is making arrangements with the funeral director, usually the executor of the deceased person's estate

Most deaths are registered by a close relative; the registrar would normally only allow other people to do so if there are no relatives available.

What documents are required to register the death?

There are several important documents and pieces of information that you will require in order to register the death.

The documents that are required are as follows:

  1. The medical certificate of the cause of death, signed by the deceased person's GP or by a doctor who cared for them during their last illness

  2. If available, the deceased's birth certificate, marriage certificate and NHS medical card should also be presented

Facts and information that are required:

  1. The person's full name at the time of death

  2. Any names previously used, including maiden surname

  3. The person's date, town and country of birth

  4. The person's last address

  5. The person's current or former occupation

  6. The full name, date of birth and occupation of any surviving spouse or civil partner

  7. Details of any state pension and any other welfare benefits of which the person was in receipt

What documents will be issued by the registrar?

If there is no investigation being conducted by HM Coroner, and there is to be no post-mortem examination, the registrar will issue the following documents:

  1. A certified copy of an entry into the register of deaths ("The Death Certificate"). This will be required for handling administrative affairs relating to the deceased's estate, such as banking and life insurance policies.

  2. A certificate for burial or cremation ("The Green Form"). This gives permission for the body to be buried or to apply for the body to be cremated. This form must be handed to the funeral director as quickly as possible.

  3. A certificate of registration of death (Form BD8). This is issued for social security purposes if the person was in receipt of a state pension or benefits.

In some circumstances, HM Coroner will issue special documents permitting the burial or cremation of the body. If this is required your funeral director will be able to advise you on any administrative and legal obligations, and will be able to handle all necessary arrangements with the relevant authorities.

Greater Manchester Register Offices

City of Manchester Register Office

City of Manchester Register Office

Heron House
47 Lloyd Street
M2 5LE

Telephone: 0161 234 5005

City of Salford Register Office

City of Salford Register Office

Town Hall
Chorley Road
M27 5DA

Telephone: 0161 909 6501

Bury Register Office

Bury Register Office

Town Hall
Manchester Road

Telephone: 0161 253 6026

Bolton Register Office

Mere Hall
Merehall Street

Telephone: 01204 331185

Oldham Register Office

Chadderton Town Hall
Middleton Road

Telephone: 0161 770 3708

Rochdale Register Office

Rochdale Town Hall
Vicars Gate
OL16 1AB

Telephone: 01706 924784

Stockport Register Office

Stockport Town Hall
John Street Entrance

Telephone: 0161 217 6007

Tameside Register Office

Dukinfield Town Hall
King Street
SK16 4LA

Telephone: 0161 342 5032

Trafford Register Office

Sale Town Hall
Sale Waterside
M33 7ZF

Telephone: 0161 912 3026