How and where do I register a death?
Any death that takes place in Scotland should be registered within 8 days by the Registrar. Registration can be made at any Registration Office in Scotland (pdf). Contact your local Registrar for further information and to make an appointment.
Appointments are Monday to Friday 9:30am to 11:30am and 2:00pm to 4:00pm, except for Wednesdays when we do not open until 10:00 am. You cannot register a death online.
Due to the introduction of legislation in May 2015 arrangements for death registrations have changed. Medical Certificates of Causes of Deaths (MCCDs) may be subject to a random review check. This means that when you attend at a registration office to register a death the Registrar might not be in a position to supply you with all the documentation you require to finalise the date for funerals. Please contact your local Registrar as soon as possible for further information.
You can use our 'Tell Us Once' service to let us notify all agencies about a death after your registration.
Who can register a death in Scotland?
- Any relative of the deceased, or
- Any person present when the person died, or
- The deceased's executor or other legal representative, or
- The occupier of the property where the person died, or if there is no such person,
- Anyone else who knows the information to be registered.
What documents should I take to the Registrar?
- The certificate of death from the hospital or doctor;
- Birth, marriage or civil partnership certificates of the deceased, if available;
- NHS medical card of the deceased (if available);
Registering the death cannot be done without the death certificate.
When the registration is complete the registrar will give you the following, free of charge :
- A death registration certificate for production to the person in charge of the burial ground or crematorium;
- A Social Security registration or notification of death certificate. This can be used to obtain or adjust Social Security benefits.
- An abbreviated extract of the death entry.
- You can obtain a full extract of the death entry for a fee of £10.00
Other Useful Information
The Scottish Government booklet “What to do after a death in Scotland” gives practical advice for bereaved people and is widely available in registration offices. You can also get a copy by telephoning 0131 244 2193.
What if the death occurs abroad?
You should register the death according to local regulations in the country concerned and obtain a certificate of death. You may also be able to register the death with the British Consul in that country for a fee. However, there is no obligation to do so. A record of the death will be sent to Scotland and you will thereafter be able to get a copy from New Register House.