Registering the death

By law all deaths occurring in England and Wales must be registered. A death should be registered as soon as possible to allow funeral arrangements to go ahead.

Since 1 April 1997 a death in England and Wales can be registered at any registrar. You do not have to go to the registrar in the district where the death occurred, or where the deceased person lived, although it is usually more convenient to register a death in the sub-district in which it happened, because the paperwork can be issued immediately. You can find the address in the phone book under Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages, or from the doctor, local council, post office or police station.  These are the local offices for Cheshire Ceremonies:

  • Crewe : 0300 123 5019 Contact details
    Municipal Buildings, Earle St, Crewe CW1 2BJ
  • Macclesfield: 0300 123 5019 Contact details
    Town Hall Extension, Market Place, Macclesfield SK10 1EA
  • Chester: 0300 123 7037
  • Northwich: 0300 123 7037
  • Stoke-on-Trent: 01782 235260 More information
    Register Office, Hanley Town Hall, Albion Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent  ST1 1QQ
    Tel: 01782 235260  Out of hours tel no: Stoke-on-call – 01782 234234
  • Staffordshire: 0300 111 8001

Check when the registrar will be available and whether only you need to go along. It may be that someone other than you will be needed to give information for the death to be registered. More info here …. Ask if there are any other locations where you can register the death (eg in Congleton or at one of the hospitals)

If the death has not been referred to the coroner, go to the registrar as soon as possible. The death must be registered within five days (unless the registrar says this period may be exceeded). The declaration will then, if appropriate, be forwarded to the registrar for the sub-district where the death took place, where it will be registered. There may be some delay in certificates being issued, as this cannot be done until the death has been registered.

Since 2019, death certificates cost £11 each, with no increase in cost if you purchase them at a later date (Previously, they were cheaper if bought at the point of registration.)