Registering a Death

Deaths

In England and Wales, you normally need to register a death within five days. It's best to go to the register office in the area where the person died, otherwise it may take longer to get the documents you need and this could delay the funeral.

If you have to to register a death at St Helens Register Office you first need to make an appointment, please telephone 01744 676789 to arrange.

You will be given the next available appointment between the hours of 9.00 am to 4.00 pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9.00 am to 12.30 pm Wednesdays.

St Helens Register Office
Central Street
St Helens
WA10 1UJ   
Email: registryoffice@sthelens.gov.uk

The registration will take approximately 30 minutes.

Who can register a death

If the person died in a house or hospital, the death can be registered by:

  • a relative
  • someone present at the death
  • an occupant of the house
  • an official from the hospital
  • the person making the arrangements with the funeral directors

Deaths that occurred anywhere else can be registered by:

  • a relative
  • someone present at the death
  • the person who found the body
  • the person in charge of the body
  • the person making the arrangements with the funeral directors

Most deaths are registered by a relative. The registrar would normally only allow other people if there are no relatives available.

If English is not the first language of the relative or person registering, someone else can accompany them to the registrar's office to interpret. However, the relative must register the death.

The main act and regulations governing the registration of births and death are:

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