You have eight 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.
An appointment to register a death is necessary. Please call the Registrars office on 01224 522 616 to make an appointment.
Our office is based in Marischal College on Broad Street and our opening hours are Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5pm. Please allow approximately 40 minutes to complete the death registration.
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. 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 New Register House.