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.
The death must be registered by one of the following individuals:
A close surviving relative of the deceased, usually a spouse, child or parent
A person who was present at the moment of death
An occupant of the house in which the person died
An appointed official from the hospital or institution in which the person was a patient or resident
A person who is planning with the funeral director, usually the executor of the deceased person’s estate
Most deaths are registered by a close relative and the registrar would normally only allow other people to do so if there are no relatives available.
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:
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
If available, the deceased’s birth certificate, marriage certificate and NHS medical card should also be presented
The person’s full name at the time of death
Any names previously used, including maiden surname
The person’s date, town and country of birth
The person’s last address
The person’s current or former occupation
The full name, date of birth and occupation of any surviving spouse or civil partner
Details of any state pension and any other welfare benefits of which the person was in receipt
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:
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.
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.
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.
We also require you to provide your contact information when arranging repatriation.