Registering a Death
Today, most deaths occur in hospital or at home after an illness. The deceased has usually been attended by a medical practitioner who can certify the cause of death and issue a notification of the cause of death.
The notification of the cause of death needs to be taken to the Registrar of Births and Deaths so that the death can be registered.
Wirral Register Office operates an appointment system, so you will need to make an appointment by telephoning (0151) 606 2020.
The Registrar of Births and Deaths will issue a Certificate for Burial or Cremation which should be forwarded to the crematorium or cemetery/churchyard administrator.
Where the death is caused by an accident or the deceased has not been attended by a medical practitioner, i.e. within 14 days prior to death, it will be necessary for the cause of death to be ascertained.
This is done by a Coroner who will investigate the circumstances surrounding the death and then issue a notification of the cause of death which is transmitted to the Registrar of Births and Deaths.
The Coroner will issue a Coroners Order for Cremation or a Coroners Order for Burial.
Who can register a death?
The following people can register a death:
- a relative
- a person present at the death
- the occupier of the premises where the death occurred
- the person arranging the funeral (not the funeral director)
When do I have to register the death?
By law a death must be registered within five days.
Where should the death be registered?
A death should be registered in the district where it occurred. If the death took place within Wirral, you need to make an appointment with the Wirral Register Office on 0151 606 2020 (Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm) (Thursdays 10am to 4pm).
What do I need to bring?
You will need to bring two things along:
- the medical certificate of cause of death, issued by the doctor
- the deceased's medical card
What other information will I need?
The registrar will ask you the following questions about the deceased:
- the date and place of death
- the full name and surname of the deceased, including the maiden name of a married woman
- the deceased's date and place of birth
- the deceased's occupation. If the deceased was married or in a civil partnership the name and occupation of the surviving partner
- the deceased's usual address
- if the deceased was married, or in a civil partnership the date of birth of the surviving partner
What will I receive?
The registrar will give you the following documents:
- a form to allow the funeral to go ahead
- a form for notifying Social Security
- certified copies of the death entry - You will need these for insurance companies, banks, etc. There is a fee payable to the registrar for certified copies
How to Register a Still Birth
Information about how to register a still birth is available in another section of this website.
The 'Tell Us Once' Service
When someone has died, we can help tell the people who need to know.
This service means that you can just 'tell us once' and we will do the rest on your behalf to make things easier for you. You will not even need to provide each organisation with a copy of the death certificate.
More information about the 'Tell Us Once' service is available elsewhere in this section of the website.
Register Office Opening Times
Opening Hours: By appointment
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm (Thursday 10am to 4pm)