Registering a death

Death Registrations: Emergency legislation has been brought into place (Coronavirus Act 2020) to allow deaths to be registered by telephone rather than in person. From now until further notice, no appointments will be seen in person at the office. The medical certificate from the doctor will be sent to the register office electronically, instead of being collected. All the information needed is detailed below. Please telephone 0151 907 8307 to make an appointment.​​​

A death should normally be registered within five days, for deaths that occured in Halton you must register at Halton Register Office; to make an appointment Tel. 0151 907 8307.

​When making an appointment, you have to pre-pay for your certificates. On average people purchase five certificates for dealing with matters relating to the deceased person's estate. Certificates cost £11 each if purchased in advance but may cost more after the death has been registered.

After the death has been registered, copy certificates can be ordered online.

Please note that visits to the Register Office are strictly by appointment only.

What do I need to register a death?

When you attend the appointment, please ensure you take the following information with you:

  • The medical certificate issued by the doctor treating the final illness of the deceased. Without this certificate the Registrar will not be able to register the death.
  • If the Coroner has been involved, the Coroner's Office will advise you what to do.
  • The deceased person's birth certificate, passport and medical card; this is not essential but can be helpful.

The registrar will ask for information about the deceased. This will include details of where and when the death occurred and their personal details (full name, maiden name, date of birth, occupation, address, public sector pension details). You may also be asked to provide details of their spouse or partner including name, date of birth and occupation.

Tell Us Once

Tell Us Once is a service that lets you report a death to most government organisations in one go. The video slideshow about Tell us once which lasts for less than three minutes and is available to view here

Further information about how to manage practical issues following a death can be found here.  You can also access the Tell Us Once Privacy Notice.


This is a free, online service that allows you to notify participating banks and building societies of the death of a family member, friend or other acquaintance.

By completing the form at you can make one quick and straightforward notification that will then be used to contact all the participating organisations that you select. Each bank or building society will then contact you within 10 days to advise you of the next steps, which will be specific to the types of accounts and products the deceased held.