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Where do I register a death in Scotland?

Any death which occurs in Scotland can be registered in any registration office in Scotland within 8 days from the date of death.

What documents should I take to the Registrar?

You should take with you:

  • The Medical Certificate of Cause of Death issued by the hospital or doctor (you must have this certificate before making an appointment).
  • Plus the following documents for the person who has died:
    • Birth Certificate
    • Marriage Certificate (if applicable)
    • Civil Partnership Certificate (if applicable)
    • Medical Card
    • If they were in receipt of a pension from Public Funds (not the State Retirement Pension), e.g. Civil Service, NHS please give the Registrar the  pension/order book or the pension reference number.

Who can register a death in Scotland?

A death can be registered by:

  • Any relative of the person who has died
  • Any person present at the death
  • The executor or legal representative of the person who has died
  • The occupier, or anyone living at, the premises where the death happened
  • If none of the above are available, any other person who has all the relevant details to be registered

What documents will I get from the Registrar, and what is the cost?

The registration is free of charge. You will receive free of charge:-

  • A Certificate of Registration (form 14) to take to the undertaker
  • A white form for Department of Work & Pensions purposes (form BD8)
  • An Abbreviated Death Certificate

If you need full death extracts for other business, e.g. insurance, they cost £10.00 each at the time of registration.

Book an appointment

Registration services are by appointment only.  You must have the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death before making an appointment.  For further information please contact us: