How to register a death

You have eight days to register a death at your nearest Registrar’s office in Scotland. In exceptional circumstances, there may be a delay in the issue of the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD/Form 11).  

Our office is based in Marischal College on Broad Street and our opening hours are Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm.

A death must be registered before a burial or cremation can take place. All deaths that have occurred in Scotland must be registered with a Scottish Registrar even if the person is not normally a resident of Scotland.

If someone who is normally a resident of Scotland dies abroad, you should register the death according to local regulations of that country. You may also be able to register the death with the British Consul in that country for a fee and a record of the death will be sent to Scotland. If you do, you would be able to obtain a copy of the death certificate from The National Records of Scotland.
 

  • Any relative of the deceased.
  • The deceased's executor or other legal representative.
  • Anyone present when the person died.
  • Anyone who lived at the premises where the person died.
  • The occupier of the premises where the death took place
  • Any other person with knowledge of the particulars to be registered
  • Anyone that knows the information required to register a death (see section below).


The doctor or other member of staff will give you a 'Medical Certificate of Cause of Death' (MCCD/Form 11). You must take this with you to your appointment in order to register the death. The Registrar will keep this certificate.

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

  • The birth certificate of the person who has died.
  • If applicable, their marriage certificate and details of any previous spouse(s).
  • Their NHS medical card.

If you are unable to provide the registrar with any of these documents, you will need to provide the following information about the deceased in order to register the death:

  • Full name
  • Date, place and country of birth
  • Occupation
  • Address
  • The full names of all spouses and civil partners and their occupations
  • Father's full name and usual occupation
  • Mother's full name, maiden name and usual occupation
  • If the parents are still alive and whether they are retired

Name and address of their registered doctor.

  • A Certificate of Registration of Death (Form 14), needed by the funeral director, burial ground keeper or person in charge of the crematorium.
  • An abbreviated death certificate; this is free of charge and shows the person's name, date and place of death.
  • You can purchase a full death certificate for £10. This is a certified extract and is needed to notify organisations about the person's death. 

 

When someone has died, we can help you by telling certain organisations that need to know. Depending on where the deceased was living, the Registrar can contact other organisations such as the Department for Work and Pensions with the information given at the time of registration.

To use this service, please bring the following information and items belonging to the person that has died:

  • National Insurance number
  • Passport 
  • Driving licence 
  • Disability Blue Badge
  • Accord Card
  • Details of public sector pension
  • Details of any vehicle they owned or kept.  

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