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Register a death

Find out how to register a death.

Service information

Use this service to report a death.

Before you start

Visit our dedicated Covid-19 website for the latest updates on registering a death.

You must register a death within 8 days.

If the death was in Scotland, you can register the death at any registration office in Scotland.

Who can register a death?

You can register a death if you:

  • are a relative to the person who has died
  • were present when the person died
  • are an executor or solicitor of the person who has died
  • lived with the person who died, if they died at home

If you're none of the above, but no one else can register the death, you can register the death as long as you:

  • know the details of the person who has died
  • have the right documents

How to register

Contact the Registrars team.

What happens next

On the day of your appointment you'll need to bring the deceased's:

  • birth certificate
  • marriage or civil partnership certificate (if applicable)
  • (if available)

If you only have their medical certificate we can still register the death.

Documents we'll give you

  • Abbreviated death certificate
  • Certificate of registration of death (Form 14) which allows the funeral to take place

There's no cost for these documents.

Last modified on 10 November 2021

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