Register a death

Find out how to register a death in the UK or abroad

All deaths must be registered within eight days of the person dying.

If the person died in Scotland, you can register their death at any registration office in Scotland. If they died somewhere else in the UK or abroad, you must register the death in the country they died in.

A death can be registered by:

  • a relative of the person who has died
  • anybody who was there when the person died
  • the person's executor or other legal representative
  • the person who owns the property the person died in
  • any other person who knows the details that need to be registered

To register a death you will need:

  • a medical certificate which says what caused the death (Form 11)
  • the birth certificate of the person who has died
  • their marriage certificate or civil partnership certificate (if applicable)
  • their medical card (if this is available)
  • their husband, wife or civil partner's date of birth
  • a list of businesses that you will need death certificates for; for example, insurance companies, banks, pension providers, building societies and so on

Once the registration is complete the registrar will give you:

  • a death certificate Form 14 to take to the undertaker
  • Form BD8 for Social Security purposes
  • a short version of the person's death certificate

It is free to register a death and you will not have to pay for the above documents however there will be a cost of £10 each if you require additional copy certificates.

For out of hours/emergency please call 07985 330 371.

Our Registration Service operates an appointment-based system. To make an appointment please contact your local office in Airdrie, Motherwell or Cumbernauld.

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