You have to register every death.

This page gives you information about what you have to do to register a death.

It also tells you where you have to go and the contact details if you need more information.


How to register the death

  • Contact the Bereavement office regarding the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death
  • Then, contact the Register Office in the district where the death occurred. The registration may need to take place over the telephone. The latest information will be available via your local council register office. For deaths at Aintree Hospital the Register Office is in Liverpool.
  • You will need to make an appointment to register the death. This must be done within five working days, unless it has been reported to the coroner.
  • Arrangements can be made to register a death elsewhere, but this may delay the funeral by a few days because the forms have to be posted to the office where you wish to register the death.
  • You can email:

Please note a death cannot be registered without a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death. You will need to take this with you.

The Register Office is open Monday to Friday, 9am-4.45pm and is located at:

Liverpool Register Office

St George’s Hall,

St Georges Place (Heritage Centre entrance)


L1 1JJ

To make an appointment or for further guidance please visit

Who can register the death

  • A relative of the person who has died
  • Someone present at the death
  • The person making the funeral arrangements
  • In certain circumstances, an administrator of the hospital.

Urgent out-of-hours advice

  • There are times when it is necessary due to religious custom for a funeral to take place within twenty-four hours of a patient’s death. Therefore the death must be registered prior to this occurring. Usually deaths cannot be registered at the weekend, however in these special circumstances the arrangements are as follows;
  • Contact Liverpool City Call Centre on 0151 233 3004 to see if arrangements for the issue of the burial paperwork can be made outside of normal business hours. There is a nominated registrar available at limited times over the weekend.
  • Telephone the Merseyside Jewish Community Care Services, 0151 733 2292. Please note that the telephone will not be answered on the Sabbath or on any religious Jewish festivals. If it is a weekend, there is a message providing an out of hours mobile telephone number. If the deceased person’s family have connections with a synagogue they should contact the synagogue.
  • Telephone the Liverpool Muslim Society, Al Rahma Masjid, on 0151 709 2560.

What needs to be taken to register the death

  • The medical certificate of cause of death
  • The deceased person’s medical card, if available
  • The deceased person’s birth certificate, if available
  • The deceased person’s marriage certificate, if appropriate and available.

What the registrar will need to know

  • The date and place of death
  • The deceased person’s last usual address
  • The deceased person’s first names, surname and maiden name where appropriate
  • The deceased person’s date and place of birth; town and county if born in the UK and country if born abroad
  • The deceased person’s occupation, or last occupation if retired, and the name and occupation of their spouse if applicable
  • Whether the person who died was receiving a pension or allowance from public funds
  • If the person who died was married, the date of birth of the surviving widow or widower.

The Registrar will provide

A Certification of Burial or Cremation:

This certificate is green in colour and should be given to the funeral director as early as possible.

A Certificate of Registration of Death (Form DB8):

This may need to be sent to the Benefits Agency and is provided free of charge. Read the information on the back of the certificate and if any of it applies, fill in the certificate and post or take it to the Benefits Agency.

The death certificate

  • This is a copy of the entry in the Death Register
  • You may need more than one copy of the death certificate to provide to companies such as insurance polices, pension agency etc, some companies will not accept photocopies, additional certificates are available for a small fee. There is an increased cost for copies obtained at a later date.

For advice regarding the process if a death is referred to the coroner, please refer to the Coroner information page.

Tell Us Once

Tell Us Once is an optional free service that lets you report a death to most government organisations and council departments in one go.

When you register a death, the registrar should ask if you want to use the Tell Us Once service.  If you do they will give you a unique reference number to access the service online or over the phone.

This means you won't need to get in touch with individual organisations or send copies of death certificates to notify them of a death - Tell Us Once will do it all for you.

They can notify services such as the Department for Work and Pensions, HM Revenue and Customs and the Passport Office, as well as many council services:

For further information on the Tell Us Once service, click on the link below or contact your local council.