What to take with you
When you go to the office to register the death, you should take the following documents with you, if they are available:
- The medical certificate showing the cause of death
- Their birth certificate
- Their marriage/civil partnership certificate
- Their medical card
If the Procurator Fiscal is involved
When a death is sudden, unexpected or the result of an accident it will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal. This will probably mean a delay of 2 or 3 days before we can help you make definite funeral arrangements. However, if you contact us as soon as possible after death we can guide you through the whole process.
What If The Death Occurs Abroad?
You should register the death according to local regulations in the country concerned and obtain a certificate of death. You may also be able to register the death with the British Consul in that country for a fee. However, there is no obligation to do so. A record of the death will be sent to Scotland and you will thereafter be able to get a copy from New Register House.