Registration of a Death

Although best advised to contact us as early as possible, no funeral arrangements can be confirmed until the death has been registered. A death may be registered at any registration office in Scotland.

Telephone or online contact should be made to secure an appointment. Apart from the death certificate, Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD or Form 11), you should also furnish the Registrar with the deceased’s birth certificate and their marriage or civil partnership certificate (if appropriate). If the deceased’s medical card is available take this too. If the deceased held a Driver’s Blue Disability Badge this should be surrendered at this time. Should any or none of these be available, still proceed to the Registrar.

You will be asked to furnish the deceased’s:

  • full name,
  • date and place of birth,
  • parent’s names (including mother’s maiden name),
  • full name of spouse or partner if appropriate,
  • their last occupation.

Registrars operate a ‘Tell us once’ system. They automatically inform the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and other official departments that the death has taken place. During the procedure the clerk will issue a Form 14 which goes to the funeral director. Copies of extract of entry of death for probate, insurance or administration of a Will can be purchased at this time.