Registering A Death

Registering a death

How and where do I register a death?

Any death which occurs in Scotland must be registered within eight days by the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages. The law allows a death to be registered in any registration district in Scotland.

Click here to be taken to the Falkirk Council website which has a list of registration offices that may be local to you.

Who can register the death in Scotland?

The following people can register a death:

  • Any relative of the person who has died
  • Any person present at the death
  • The deceased’s executor or other legal representative, or
  • The occupier of the property where the person died, or if there is no such person,
  • Anyone else who knows the information to be registered.

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.