By law you must register a death within five days, unless the coroner is investigating the circumstances leading to the death.
You cannot currently book an appointment online - please ring 0161 793 2500.
All deaths must be registered by attending the office in person and completing a face to face appointment.
You will need to request the doctor who issues the Medical Certificate Cause of Death to scan both sides of this to email@example.com.
You should not collect the Medical Certificate Cause of Death from the doctor and if you are asked to do so please ask the doctor to ring the Register Office in the first instance. These must be scanned to the Register Office in advance of your appointment.
After your appointment we will scan your green form to the undertakers you have chosen. It would be helpful if you could decide on your funeral director prior to completing the death registration.
At the time of the appointment certificates costing £11 each can be paid for by card and the certificates will be handed to you during your appointment. You will also be advised on the Tell us Once service.
If you have any other queries around registering a death, please contact 0161 793 2500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Salford Register Office has introduced the tell us once service that allows you to report a death just once and tell those parts of central and local government that require informing, about that death. You will be given a unique reference when you register a death and you can then either telephone a central number with your reference or go online and access the system that way.
The following departments can be informed - Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, Blue Badge, the Electoral Roll, Libraries, Passport Authority, Pensions and Benefits such as tax Credits, Disability and carers service, Job Centre plus, Overseas health team, DVLA, War Pension Scheme.
A death must be registered in the district that it occurred.
The death must be registered within five days (unless the coroner is investigating the circumstances leading to the death or the registrar says this period may be exceeded).
For deaths in Salford, you must register the death at Salford register office which is located at Salford Civic Centre.
If you are unable to attend at the correct district, you can make a declaration to any other register office in England and Wales. Further information, including a list of register offices, is available on the General Register Office website.
A relative must always register the death in the first instance.
If there are no relatives, you may register if you:
You must ensure the medical certificate which states the cause of death, or the Coroners’ paperwork if there has been a post mortem, has been sent to the Register Office before you can attend to register the death.
You are no longer required to collect the paperwork from the hospital or doctor and you should therefore not accept this paperwork as it can cause delays with the registration.
In respect of the deceased:
For the person registering the death:
We will also ask if the deceased is to be buried or cremated, where this is due to take place and who is dealing with the funeral arrangements.
If you go to a register office outside the district where the death took place to make a declaration to register, the above certificates will be sent to you if you include a cheque or postal order when making the declaration at another office.
In this section you will find all the information you need to plan and arrange a funeral.
This page was last updated on 5 April 2023