Registering a death

A death should normally be registered within five days, for deaths that occurred 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 ​is needed to register a death?

Before you make an appointment to register a death, you must ensure the Registrar has received the Medical Certificate Cause of Death, this is issued electronically to the Registrar by the doctor treating the final illness of the deceased or the Coroners paperwork that is issued following a death. Please note that without this certificate / documentation the Registrar will not be able to register the death.

If you have the deceased person's birth certificate, passport and medical card; this can be helpful but is not essential.

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 Civil 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.