Registering a death

Make an appointment

If the online service offers an appointment more than 5 days after the date of death (and you have not had any dealings with the Coroner's office) then please ring us instead to ensure an earlier appointment.

 

Road works and road closures

There are currently major roadworks taking place within the town centre. The Town Hall situated in Talbot Square, which is our main office for registering births and deaths, is particularly affected.

Can the death be registered in Blackpool

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

Fees and payment types

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 in price afterwards.

Certificate prices are changing across England and Wales from 16 February 2019 and the fee for a death certificate will rise to £11, whether this is purchased at the time of registration or afterwards. This fee is set by the Registrar General and is a statutory fee. The council does not set certificate prices.

You can pay by cash or credit and debit card at the Town Hall.

You can currently only pay by cash at our satellite office at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

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.

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 the issue of documentation which in turn may cause a delay to your funeral arrangements.

Use the Gov.uk website to find out more about how to register a death in the UK or abroad

What do I need to register a death?

When you attend the appointment, please ensure you take the following information with you:

  • The medical certificate issued by the doctor treating the final illness of the deceased. Without this certificate the registrar will not be able to register the death.
  • If the coroner has been involved, the coroner's office will advise you what to do and when to contact us.
  • The deceased person's birth certificate, marriage certificate, passport and medical card; this is not essential but can be helpful.
  • You can download a copy of Information required by the registrar [PDF 109KB]

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 partner including name, date of birth and occupation. 

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.

  • Tell Us Once is a service that lets you report a death to most government organisations in one go and you will be given information about this.
  • You will also be given a booklet about how to manage the practical issues following a death, What to do after someone dies.

You will 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
  • Solicitors

Urgent burials

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 (on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays) between 10.00am and midday by these communities only on 07796 994678 or 07393 752436.

Correcting a death record

In the majority of cases, 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 purchase an updated certificate 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.

Contact

Registration service

Town Hall, Talbot Square, Blackpool, FY1 1GB
Telephone 01253 477177