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How to register a death.

We realise that dealing with a death can be a very difficult time for you.  We hope the information below will guide you when registering the death.

You have 8 days to register the death at your nearest Registrars office in Scotland. In exceptional circumstances, there may be a delay in the issue of the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (Form 11), if this is the case please contact us for guidance.  Please note that all deaths that have occurred in Scotland must be registered with a Scottish Registrar.

From Monday 13 April 2015, an appointment to register a death will be necessary.  Please call 01224 522616 to book an appointment.

Our office is based in Marischal College on Broad Street. and our opening hours are Monday to Friday 08:30-17:00.  Please allow approximately 40 minutes to complete the death registration. 

Who can register the death.

  • Any relative of the deceased.
  • The deceased's executor or other legal representative
  • Any person present when the person died.
  • Any person that knows the information required to register a death.

Documents that we need you to bring.

The doctor or other member of staff will give you a 'Medical Certificate of Cause of Death' (Form 11).  We require this document in order to register the death.

It is useful to us if you also bring the following documents with you;

  • The birth certificate of the person who has died.
  • Their marriage certificate
  • Their NHS medical card.

Documents we will give to you.

  • A Form 14,  needed by the undertaker or person dealing with the disposal of the body.
  • An abbreviated death certificate; this is free of charge and shows the persons name, date and place of death.
  • A full death certificate can be purchased at a cost of 10, this is a certified extract and is needed to notify organisations regarding the persons death.

Tell us once.

Depending on where the deceased was residing, the Registrar can at the time of registering the death contact other organisations such as the Department for Work and Pensions with the information given at the time of registration. 

It is useful if you can bring the following at the time of registration to use this service.

  • The passport of the person who has died
  • The driving licence of the person who has died
  • The Blue Badge
  • The Accord card.
  • The National Insurance number of the person who has died.
  • For more information about this service, please click on the link Tell Us Once - Deaths

 If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us on 01224 522616.