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.
Death registrations can now take place remotely and are completed via the telephone with a member of our registration team. There is no need to attend the office.
The Medical Practice or Hospital will email our office with the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD - Form 11). Once we receive this document and a member of our team is available we will contact you to conduct the Registration over the telephone.
What documents/Information do I need in order to register the death?
- The Medical Certificate of Cause of Death issued by the hospital or doctor - This will be emailed to the Registrar and the original paper copy needs to be posted to the Registrar.
- The registrar will ask you some questions about the deceased. If the deceased was born, married or entered into a civil partnership in Scotland, the registrar will be able to look these records up.
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) for your undertaker - This will be emailed to your chosen undertaker after the registration has been completed.
- An Abbreviated Death Certificate.
What happens after the Registration has been completed?
- A Certificate of Registration (form 14) will be emailed to your chosen undertaker after the registration has been completed.
- If you need full death extracts for other business, e.g. insurance, they cost £10.00 each at the time of registration. These can be paid for over the telephone with a credit or debit card and all documents will be posted to you.