Please note that you must register a death within 5 days, unless the Coroner is involved.

Who can register a death:

If the death occurred in a house or hospital

  • A relative of the deceased
  • Surviving civil partner
  • Someone present at the death
  • The occupier of the house or hospital if he or she knew of the death
  • Another person living at the house if he or she knew of the death
  • The person making the arrangements with the funeral directors

If the death occurred elsewhere

  • A relative of the deceased
  • Surviving civil partner
  • Someone present at the death
  • Someone who found the deceased
  • A person in charge of the deceased
  • The person making the arrangements with the funeral directors

An APPOINTMENTS system now operates at Registrar’s offices in Lancashire.
Under the Coronavirus Act 2020 arrangements for Registration of Death have temporarily changed.
Face-to-Face Death Registrations have been suspended.
YOU MUST NOT GO TO THE REGISTRY OFFICE.
The necessary Medical Certificate or Coroner’s Certificate will be sent electronically directly to the Registry Office. You will have been asked and given permission for your contact details to be passed to the local Registration Service. A member or the Registrars' Team will contact you to arrange an appointment for you to register over the telephone.

What Information you will need for the registrar:

  • Full name of the Deceased and Maiden Name (If applicable) Any former names the Deceased was known by.
  • The date and place of birth.
  • The date and place of death.
  • Full usual address (including postcode).
  • Last Occupation of the Deceased.
  • If the Deceased was married, the full name and date of birth and last occupation of the surviving partner or Date of Death, if Deceased
  • If Deceased was in receipt of a state or government pension.
  • The NHS Number of the Deceased.

The Registrar will issue the following directly to the Funeral Director

  • A GREEN Certificate – This will be sent electronically to the Funeral Director with the original following in the post.

The Registrar will send to the person Registering the Death directly, by post, the following:

  • A WHITE Certificate for D.W.P. (Form BD8) & Information Sheet with a Unique Reference Number to enable you to use the “Tell Us Once” facility to notify D.W.P. and other agencies of the death of the person who has died.
  • Any Certified Copies of the Death Certificate for purposes of solicitors, insurance policies, banks, building societies etc.

Certified Copies of the Death Certificate currently cost £11.00 per copy;
Please have a Debit / Credit Card available in order for payment.
For further advice and guidance please get in contact with us.