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Registering a Death


Information to help guide you as easily as possible through the process of registering a death

Who can register a death?

In the event of a death one of the following persons has a legal obligation to register the death:

  • a relative of the deceased
  • a person present at the death
  • a person arranging the funeral (not the undertaker)

In certain circumstances others, such as the administrator of an elderly persons home can register a death, for advice please contact the Register Office.

When should I register a deaths?

A death should normally be registered within 5 days unless the Coroner is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death.
It is best to carry out the registration in the district in which the death occurred – this will mean that the documents necessary will be obtained more easily, minimising any delays to the registration.

What is needed to register?

You have to register a death in the Registration District where the death took place, although it is possible to give a declaration of the details to be registered to a registrar in another area.

You will need to provide the following information about the deceased:-

  • Full name, surname
  • Address
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Occupation
  • Maiden surname, if applicable
  • If the person who has died was married, widowed or in a Civil Partnership the full names and occupation of the spouse/partner.

You will need to bring a medical certificate of cause of death issued by a doctor. If the death has been referred to the Coroner, the Coroner's officer will advise you what to do.

If the deceased received a pension or allowance from public funds, eg: Civil service or army pension please inform the registrar.

Supporting documents for the deceased to help with: Supporting document:
Full name, surname Passport or driving licence or full birth certificate
Address Utility bill
Date of birth Passport or driving licence or birth certificate
Place of birth Birth certificate
Occupation n/a
Maiden surname, if applicable Marriage certificate
If the person who has died was married, widowed or in a Civil Partnership the full names and occupation of the spouse/partner Marriage certificate

Supporting documents for the informant to help with: 

Supporting documents for the informant to help with:  
Name Passport or driving licence
Address Proof of address

If these documents are not available the Registrar can still proceed to register.

Once is all it takes

We can help you tell the people who need to know

When someone has died, there are lots of things that need to be done and often at a time when you least feel like doing them. One of those things is contacting the government departments and local authority services that need to be told.

Tameside Council is working with other Government departments to offer you a new service which we hope will make things easier. This new service means you can just tell us and then we will then tell a number of organisations.

How the new service can help you

When someone has died, their death needs to be registered with the registrar. Once that’s done, several other organisations may have to be contacted and given the same information.

We’re introducing a new service, where we help you give the information to the Department for Work and Pensions Link to External Website. They then pass it on to a number of government departments and local authority services. More information can be found at Once is all it takes

Where are we?

Death registrations will be carried out by telephone. This applies to the registration of all deaths, including those where coronavirus is not the cause. Please do not attend the registration office in person.

Your GP surgery, hospital or hospice will send the Register Office an electronic copy of the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD),   Appointments will be made to register the death over the telephone.

Emergency “out of hours”

An emergency “out of hours” service is available for the following only-

  • People needing to register a death and make burial arrangements at short notice due to religious beliefs. 

This service can be requested via the Council’s 24 hour emergency call centre on 0161 342 2222.

Contact Information
Contact by Post

Tameside Register Office
Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council
Tameside One
PO BOX 317
Contact by Telephone
0161 342 5032

Opening hours are Monday to Friday, 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.

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