Which deaths can be registered
Blackpool Registration Service can only register deaths and stillbirths which occur at the following locations:
- Blackpool Victoria Hospital
- Trinity the Hospice in the Fylde, Low Moor Road, Bispham
- Any private residence, nursing or care home where the council tax is payable to Blackpool Council
If the death occurred in Blackpool but you do not live locally, you can arrange to register by declaration at an office convenient for you.
If the death occurred elsewhere in England in Wales, you are a Blackpool resident and it is difficult for you to travel to the district where the death took place, you can arrange to register by declaration at our office.
Please see the information below on Registering by Declaration.
When to register
All deaths should be legally registered within 5 days, however if there is going to be an investigation into the cause of death by the Coroner, then this time limit may be extended.
- If the death was natural and expected, you will need to collect a medical certificate of cause of death from the certifying GP or hospital doctor and bring this to your appointment with the registrar. If there is no coroner involvement, book an appointment once you have the medical certificate or have been given a time to collect it
- In some cases, the cause of death on the medical certificate will be reported to the coroner by the certifying doctor for further investigation. Where the coroner investigates but is satisfied with the original causes, additional paperwork must be issued from the coroner before registration can take place. If you speak to a coroner's officer, they will usually advise you to leave at least 48 hours before making an appointment to register to ensure all the relevant paperwork is in place
- If a doctor is unsure of the cause of death then a post mortem examination may be required. A pathologist will carry-out the investigation and in some cases, the coroner's office will be able to issue a form for a cremation to take place prior to the death being registered. A medical certificate of cause of death is not issued in these cases, but once the paperwork has been issued listing the cause of death, an appointment should be made to register the death. The paperwork will be issued directly from the coroner to the registration service and a coroner's officer will advise you when to make an appointment to register the death
- If a death is unnatural or a post mortem cannot establish the cause of death, an Inquest will be held. An informant is not needed in these cases as the coroner will send the paperwork directly to the registration service. Inquests can take from between a few weeks to a year to conclude.
A Guide to Coroner Services and Coroner Investigations can be found on the Gov.uk website. You can search forthcoming inquests and find more local information from the HM Coroner for Blackpool and Fylde website.
If you need to arrange an urgent burial (for example if the deceased was Jewish or Muslim) then a senior member of the team can be contacted outside normal working hours by these communities on 07796 994678 or 07393 752436.
Make an appointment
Where there is no Coroner involvement, you can book online to register at The Town Hall. Please note: if the online service offers an appointment more than 5 days after the date of death, please ring us instead to ensure an earlier appointment.
- Telephone 01253 477177 to make an appointment to register a death at The Town Hall
- Telephone 01253 953723 to make an appointment to register a death at Victoria Hospital
There is no charge for registering a death. A death certificate (certified copy of the death entry) is currently £4 at the time of registration, rising to £10 anytime afterwards
Where to register
The Town Hall
You can register a death at The Town Hall located in Talbot Square opposite North Pier. The full address is:
Blackpool Registration Service
The Town Hall
Please note: due to improvement works, some town centre roads are currently inaccessible by car. Please refer to the Council Website for current information on the road closures.
You can view a map of Blackpool's car parks. The nearest car park to The Town Hall is West Street.
If the death occurred at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, an appointment can be made with our registrar located in the Bereavement Suite. This office is located in Zone 2 of the hospital and parking for registrar's customers can be found in the East Park Drive car park.
Download Travel Information to Victoria Hospital [PDF 473KB].
Registering by declaration
If the death occurred in Blackpool and it is difficult for you to register in person, you can arrange to register the death by declaration at any register office in England or Wales. Search for a Register Office here.
If the death occurred elsewhere in England or Wales, you are a Blackpool resident and it is difficult for you to travel to the district where the death took place, you can arrange to register by declaration at our office.
If you would prefer to register by declaration, please contact us on 01253 477177 to arrange this. Please note: registering by declaration will delay issue of relevant documents which in turn may cause a delay in your funeral arrangements.
Who should register
- Any relative of the person who has died
- A person who was present at the death
- The occupier of the place where the death took place, if he or she was aware that the death had taken place
- Any person arranging the funeral but not the funeral director
Information required by the registrar
The registrar will talk to you in private. You will be asked some questions about the person who has died so that the details can be recorded in the register.
You can download a copy of Information required by the registrar [PDF 109KB]
You will need to know
- The deceased's date and place of death
- The forenames and surname of the person who has died (and the maiden surname if the person was married or had changed her name after a civil partnership). We will also need to know if the deceased's name had been changed at any other time
- The deceased's date and place of birth
- Their occupation and if the deceased was married or in a civil partnership, the full name and occupation of their spouse or civil partner
- The deceased's last usual address
You will need to bring
- ID for the deceased such as a birth certificate or passport or other official document showing their full name, for example a driving licence (if you have it)
- If the deceased had married or changed name, their marriage certificates or change of name documents (if you can find them)
- ID for yourself (if you are registering the death) such as a birth certificate, passport or driving licence (if you have it)
- The deceased's NHS medical card (if you can find it)
Other information requested but is not recorded in the register
- The type of industry the deceased had worked in and their employment status
- If the deceased was married or in a civil partnership, the date of birth of their spouse or civil partner
- Whether the person had a pension from any public funds
Official documents you will receive
For deaths registered using a medical certificate of cause of death, or post mortem where a burial will take place, the registrar will issue a green form.
You need this form to make the funeral arrangements and you should give it to your funeral director. If a post mortem was held and a cremation will or has already taken place, the coroner may already have provided you with a yellow form.
You will also be given a white form for Social Security and some information about the Tell Us Once Service. The green form, the white form and the Tell Us Once leaflet are free.
You may also need to purchase copies of the death certificate from the registrar for:
- Probate or letters of administration
- Bank or building society accounts
- Insurance companies
- Stocks and shares
- Pension funds
There is no charge for registering a death, but a death certificate (a certified copy of the death entry) is currently £4 at the time of registration, rising to £10 anytime afterwards.
You can’t change a death certificate once it’s been issued, but you can apply to get a note added to the original entry in the death register. You can then get an updated certificate issued that shows this note.
Corrections to a death registration can only be made when the information is wrong (for example a mistake in spelling a person’s name). There is a fee to correct an error of between £75-£90.
Updated certificates will cost £10 each.