Death registration

Coronavirus - important information for registering a death

For the safety of our residents and staff given the current COVID-19 situation, all death registrations will now be done by telephone.

You will not need to attend the register office in person, but will still need an appointment.

Please ring: 01254 588660 to book.

Unless the death has been referred to the coroner, it is a legal requirement to register the death within five days.

If the death has been referred to the coroner, they will inform you when you are able to make an appointment to register the death.

A death should be registered in the registration district in which it occurred within 5 days. If this is not possible or convenient, details may be given to any registration officer of deaths in England or Wales who will forward the details to the correct registration district.

Please be aware that if this option is chosen documentation will be issued by the receiving registration district. If there is going to be an investigation into the cause of death this may not be possible.

You can register a death that took place in the Borough of Blackburn with Darwen at:

All registrations are by appointment only: please contact us to arrange an appointment.

Tell us once

Tell Us Once is a service that lets you report a death to most government and some local authority organisations in one go.

After the death has been registered the registrar will issue you with a unique reference number to access the service.

Reporting a death using the Tell Us Once service - YouTube

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