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Registering a death

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In the UK, and under normal circumstances, you are required to register a person’s death within 5 days of their passing However due to Covid 19 this is currently being extended to 9 days.

Registering a death

At the moment Registering a Death has slightly changed. For the duration of the current emergency these appointments will be by telephone only. The Register Office is currently open Monday to Friday 9am-4.30pm. To book an appointment to register a death please call the registrar on 0300 123 5019. This applies to all East Cheshire council registrars.

In the UK, and under normal circumstances, you are required to register a person’s death within 5 days of their passing. However due to Covid 19 this is currently being extended to 9 days. To register, you would usually take the Medical Cause of Death (Death Certificate) to the Registry Office at the town hall closest to the deceased usual address.  You should call the Registry Office before going, as most require you make an appointment.  Only certain people can register a death and this is usually restricted to a relative of the deceased, or any person present at the death, or any person who lives in the house where the person died, or any person arranging the funeral such as an executor. 

Locally these are at the following addresses.

Macclesfield
Macclesfield Registration Office
Town Hall Annexe
Market Place
Macclesfield
SK10 1EA

Telephone 0300 123 5019

Crewe
The Register Office
Municiple Buildings
Earl Street
Crewe
CW1 2BJ

Telephone 0300 123 5019

Sandbach
The Register Office
Sandbach Library
The Common
Sandbach
Cheshire
CW11 1FJ

Telephone 0300 123 5019

The registrar will need to be given some information. Usually this will include the deceased’s full name and address, date of birth, specific details of the location and time of death (if known), and their occupation if they are of employment age.  If the deceased is a married woman then her maiden name will also be required, as well as her husband’s full name and his occupation.

The registrar will record the deceased’s death and issue you with copies of an official death certificate. This is often required for closing bank accounts, claiming pensions, and other legal matters.  Additional copies may also be purchased at this time, and currently cost £12 each. 

Additionally the registrar will also give you a second document which is printed on Green paper and required to legally perform a funeral.  You must bring us the “Green” prior to the funeral taking place, although you don’t need to wait for it, before beginning funeral arrangements. Due to Covid 19 the register office is now emailing us the green, so you don't need to bring it to us.

If the person who has passed away had an unexpected death, and the coroner is involved then the Coroners team will usually take care of the registration. They will also provide us with the necessary paperwork to perform the funeral service and any necessary hospital release forms that we may need to collect your loved one from a hospital.  We will contact the Coroner on your behalf to advise them we are looking after the funeral.