Registering a Death

How to register a death with the Registry Office in Scotland

Once the Doctor or Hospital has issued the Medical Certificate (form 11), the Next Of Kin or Applicant must register the death within 8 days at the Registry Office anywhere in Scotland, some offices may wish you to make an appointment.

The person registering the death will be asked for the following information about the deceased:

  1. The date and place of death.
  2. The full name and usual address. (and maiden name if applicable)
  3. The date and place of birth.
  4. The occupation. (and name and occupation of her husband if applicable)
  5. The full name and usual address of the Next Of Kin / Applicant.

A Death Certificate can then be obtained on payment of the prescribed fee. This will be needed for closing bank accounts and making claims on insurance policies.

The Registrar will issue you with a white document (form 14) required by the funeral director for Burial or Cremation. An abbreviated Death Certificate which is issued free of charge and if you require a full Death Certificate there is a charge, the current fee is £10 per document, sometimes family wish to purchase more than one, for banks, insurance companies etc. You will also be given a special document which is for Social Security purposes to cancel the payment of pensions and allowances.

Here is a list of all the Registrars in Scotland (172 Kb pdf file)

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