Death registration

Updated 22.03.22

Face to face registrations appointments will take place at the Blackburn with Darwen Register Office Town Hall, King William Street, Blackburn Monday to Friday 09:00-16:30.

The death paperwork is sent electronically to the register office along with your contact details. Once the paperwork is received and checked a registrar will contact you to book an appointment to register.

All registrations are by appointment only: please wait for a registrar to contact you to book an appointment please do not contact the office.

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 the paperwork has been sent to us.

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.

Coronavirus: important information

To reduce the risk of catching and spreading Covid–19 before your appointment please consider:

  • Get vaccinated
  • Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms, and stay at home if positive
  • Wearing a face covering to your 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.