Help in an emergency
We operate an emergency service at the weekend and Bank Holidays for those who need to organise a burial within 24 hours. The service can normally* be contacted as follows:
Day Time Contact No.
Saturday 9 am - 3 pm 07904 417 282
Sunday/Bank Holiday 10 am- 2.30 pm 07720 913 958
*Please note: On Saturdays in January 2018 this service will only be available 9 am - 12 noon.
If you need to contact us, urgently, outside our office opening hours, regarding a ceremony due to take place imminently, please ring our emergency out of hours service, on 0161 223 7222, who will arrange for a member of the Registration Team to contact you.
Urgent marriages and civil partnerships
Where one party is seriously ill and not expected to recover a ceremony can take place using a Registrar General's Licence from the Registration district where that person is located. Where possible you should contact the relevant register office during office hours so the necessary arrangements can be made. If the ill person is in a Manchester hospital, the staff at the hospital should be able to help.
To arrange a Registrar General's Licence please contact 0161 234 5508 during office hours. We are open Monday - Friday from 9am - 4.30pm. The office is closed from 2.30pm on the first Tuesday of each month.
If you need to contact us at any other time please ring our emergency out of hours service, on 0161 223 7222, who will arrange for a member of the Registration Management Team to contact you, to discuss what arrangements might be possible, depending on the availability of registration staff.