How and where do I register a death?
Any death which occurs in Scotland must be registered by the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages. The law allows a death to be registered in any registration district in Scotland.
The opening hours of registration offices, varies between local authorities and some operate an appointments system. You should therefore check with the relevant local authority before attending an office.
Who can register the death in Scotland?
The following people can register a death:
- Any relative of the person who has died
- Any person present at the death
- 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.
A simple interview with the Registrar to register the death is carried out at the Register Office.
At the Registrar’s Office:
You should take with you:
- The Medical Certificate issued by the doctor showing the cause of death.
- The deceased’s Medical Card.
- The deceased’s birth and marriage certificate
- Any document concerning a pension or allowance received from the government.
Should these documents not be available, don’t worry the registrar can still proceed to register the death.