Registering a Death

When registering a death you’ll need to make an appointment at a Registrar’s Office, and take with you various documents (we’ve listed them below).

You might wish to take a friend or family member with you for support when you do this – if there is no-one who can go with you and you don’t want to go alone, speak to us and we’ll arrange for someone to accompany you.

You’ll need to tell the Registrar the following information:

  • Their full name, occupation and postal address
  • The name and address of their doctor .
  • Their date and country of birth
  • The full name and occupation of their father and the full name and maiden name of their mother
  • Whether they received a pension or an allowance from public funds.
  • The full name, occupation and date of birth of their surviving widow, widower or civil partner (if applicable)

The Registrar will need the following documents:

  • The Medical Certificate of the Cause of Death (Form 11)
  • Their National Health Service medical card
  • Their birth certificate
  • Their marriage or civil partnership certificate

The Registrar will then give you, free of charge:

  • a Certificate of Registration of Death (Form 14), to be given to the funeral director so that the funeral can go ahead.
  • A Social Security registration or notification of death certificate for use in obtaining or adjusting Social Security benefits.
  • An abbreviated extract (i.e. excluding cause of death and parentage details) of the death entry.
  • You can obtain a full extract of the death entry for a fee (£10 each). You may need these to get information about the person’s assets, this could include pensions, insurance policies, savings and bank accounts

Please be aware that the registration process may vary – for example, if a death has been referred to the Procurator Fiscal – we’ll guide you through things if this is the case.

You may find the information booklet below useful.

Download What to do after a death in Scotland

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