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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.
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.
How to register the death
- Collect the MCCD from the Bereavement or General Office at the appropriate hospital.
- Make an appointment at the Register Office.
- Take the MCCD to the Register Officer within 5 days of the death. (If the doctor has spoken to the Coroner about the death, the hospital staff will advise you on the procedures in these circumstances.)
Who can register the death
- A relative of the deceased.
- A relative present during the deceased's last illness.
- A relative of the deceased living in the sub-district where the death occurred.
- Person present at the death.
- The person making the funeral arrangements (not the funeral director).
What needs to be taken to register the death
- The Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD).
- The deceased's medical card, if available.
- The deceased's birth certificate, if available.
- The deceased's marraige certificate, if appropriate and available.
What the registrar will need to know
- The date and place of birth.
- The deceased's last usual address.
- The deceased's full name (and maiden name if married).
- The deceased's date and place of birth.
- The deceased's occupation (last known occupation, if retired) and the name and occupation of their spouse, if applicable.
- Whether the deceased was receiving a pension or allowance from public funds.
- If the deceased was married, the date of birth of the surviving widow/widower.
The registrar will give you
- A Certificate of Burial or Cremation commonly called 'the green form'.
- Certified copies of the death certificate. These currently cost £4 per copy.
- Form BD8; which is to notify the DWP (Department of Works and Pensions) of the death and to cancel any state benefits/pensions.
You can apply for further copies of the death certificate after a death has been registered, but you may be charged up to £10 per copy, so it is advisable to obtain as many copies as you may need when you register the death.
Liverpool Register Office,
St George's Hall,
St George's Place (Heritage Centre entrance),
To make an appointment call Liverpool Direct on tel: 0151 233 3004, open 24 hours/7 days a week.