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Registering a death

Coronavirus (COVID-19): registering a death updates

Following the latest government advice, we've closed Rochdale Register Office.

You can still register a death but you'll need to do it over the phone by ringing us on 01706 924784. You can ring us Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm.

We'll continue to monitor the situation closely, carefully and frequently and will update this website if anything changes.

Find out when, where and how to register a death in Rochdale borough.

When to register a death

You need to register a death within 5 days.

Who can register a death

Who can register a death depends on the circumstances of the death.

See who can register a death on GOV.UK

Where to register a death

A death has to be registered in the district where it took place.

Make an appointment to register a death in Rochdale

Ring us to make an appointment.

If the lines are busy, you can either email us using the contact details on this page or ring back later. We prioritise calls over emails. If you email us, please tell us you wish to make an appointment to register a death and include your name and phone number. We'll try to get back to you as soon as possible.

Ring us on 01706 924784 to make an appointment to register a death in Rochdale ​​

How to register a death and what to bring

  1. Make an appointment.
  2. Bring the medical certificate issued by the doctor to the appointment. Without this the registrar won't be able to register the death. If the death has been reported to the Coroner’s Office, the coroner will advise you what to do.
  3. It's helpful if you can bring the following items to the appointment:
    • The deceased person’s birth certificate or passport
    • The deceased person’s marriage certificate if they were married
    • The deceased person’s medical card
  4. At the appointment you'll be given a copy of the register page. Please check it's correct. If you find a mistake after it's signed, you'll need to apply for a correction and pay a fee.
  5. Sign the register page. 

What to do after someone dies on GOV.UK

How much it costs

It's FREE to register a death. However it costs:

  • £11 to purchase a standard death certificate at the time of registration. Central government set the price for certificates.
  • £75 to apply for a correction if you find a mistake on the death certificate after it's signed. Or £90 if the correction needs to be considered by the Registrar General.

You can pay for another copy or a replacement copy of the death certificate at any time after registering. Apply for a copy death certificate

How to get to the Rochdale Register Office

Rochdale Town Hall has plenty of parking. It's a quick walk from the transport interchange and is easy to get to by bus, tram, train or car.

Notifying organisations of a change in circumstances - Tell us once

When you register a death we can tell government departments and local authority services about the death through our 'Tell us Once' service. The service is free and you can choose which organisations will be told. 

When you ring to make an appointment to register a death you'll be offered this service.

Organisations we can notify​

Government servicesCouncil services
Department for Work and PensionsBlue Badges
The Pension ServiceAdult Care Services
Disability and Carers ServiceChildren's Services
Jobcentre PlusCollection of payment for Council services
HM Revenue & CustomsLicensing
Child BenefitElectoral Services
Tax CreditsCouncil Tax/Business rates
Identity and Passport ServiceHousing and Local Council Tax Support

Information you'll need for the 'Tell us Once' service

  • Their National Insurance number and date of birth
  • Details of any benefits or services they were receiving.
  • Their death certificate.
  • Their driving licence or driving licence number.
  • Their passport or passport number.
  • Their Blue Badge.

We may also ask for information about:

  • Their next of kin, including their national insurance number.
  • Any surviving husband, wife or civil partner.  
  • Anybody who is getting child benefit on their behalf.
  • The person dealing with the estate.

You must obtain the agreement of the next of kin or person dealing with the estate if you're going to provide information about them. 

How we treat your information

We'll treat all the information you give us securely. The organisations we give your information to will use it to update records; to initiate or end services, benefits and entitlements as appropriate; and to resolve any outstanding issues. They may use the information we give them in other ways, but only as the law allows.​


01706 924784

Phone: Monday-Friday 9am-4.45pm.
Fax: 0844 963 2314

Find the Register Office on a map

Rochdale Register Office
Town Hall
Vicars Gate
Rochdale OL16 1AB

Opening hours

Monday - Friday: 9am - 4.15pm
(On the last Tuesday of each month, the office opens at 10.30am)
Saturday and Sunday: ceremonies only

Birth registration, death registration and giving notice of marriage - by prior appointment only