By law a death must be registered within five working days.

The deceased has usually been attended by a medical practitioner who can issue a notification of the cause of death.

Where the death is caused by an accident, or the deceased has not been attended by a medical practitioner, a coroner will investigate the death and issue a notification of the cause of death which is transmitted to the Registrar. The Coroner will issue a Coroner's 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)

Where should a death be registered?

A death should be registered in the district where it occurred. If this was Wirral you will need to register the death with Wirral Register Office.

We are currently closed for face-to-face appointments. To register a death please complete the death registration form below and email it to rbdm@wirral.gov.uk. Please put 'Death appointment' and the name of the deceased in the subject field of the email. We will phone you and register the death.

Registrars will not be able to contact you until they receive the medical certificate from the doctor. This could take several days. Please be patient during these difficult times.

If you are unable to complete the form yourself please call 0151 606 2020 and we will do this for you.

Doctors and GP Surgeries

As a temporary measure, we are asking doctors and GP surgeries to scan medical certificates of cause of death to us at rbdm@wirral.gov.uk. Please put 'MCCD' and the name of the deceased in the subject field of the email. Please can you also post the original document to us at:

Wirral Register Office
Birkenhead Town Hall
Hamilton Square
Birkenhead
CH41 5BR 

Documents you will need to provide

You will need:

  • the medical certificate of cause of death, issued by the doctor
  • the deceased's medical card, if they had one
  • the deceased’s birth certificate or passport
  • some form of identification for yourself

Other information you will need to provide

You will need to tell us:

  • 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, date of birth and occupation of the surviving partner
  • the deceased's usual address

Please check the information you give at registration very carefully. If a mistake is made an application will have to be made to the Registrar General for a correction, this may take several weeks and could cost up to £90.

Documents you will 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 can be purchased for a fee of £11. You will need these for insurance companies, banks, etc.

The 'Tell Us Once' service

When someone has died, there are several organisations that need to know.

The ‘Tell Us Once’ service allows you to report a death once to the Department of Work and Pensions and they will do the rest of the work for you.   

Register a stillbirth

Information on how to register a stillbirth.

Repatriation of bodies

Find out what to do if someone dies abroad.