We realise that this is a very difficult time for you. In this section there is information and guidance aimed at helping you through the registration process.
Any death which occurs in Scotland must be registered within 8 days by the Registrar and can be registered at any Registration Office within Scotland. To avoid unnecessary waiting please phone to book an appointment using the details at the bottom of this page.
The death can be registered by:
Note: Do not worry if any of these documents are not available as the Registrar can still proceed to register the death.
When the registration is complete the registrar will give you, free of charge:
You may require one or more full death certificates, for example for Insurance purposes. These may be obtained on payment of the statutory fee.
An independent review service has been established by Healthcare Improvement Scotland and new arrangements for the certification and registration of deaths in Scotland were introduced on 13 May 2015. Under the new system, Healthcare Improvement Scotland will independently review a random sample of Medical Certificates of Cause of Death (MCCD) which have been certified by a doctor. This means that, if the MCCD you bring in to the registrar is selected, the registration cannot be completed until the review is finished.
Please refer to Health Improvement Scotland's Q&A page for more information.
Please remember that it is your responsibility to ensure that all organisations that pay you a benefit/credit or provide a service to you have correct and up to date information about you.
When someone has died we can help you tell the people who need to know. Please see our Tell Us Once - Death service page for more information.
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