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How to Register a Death

All deaths occurring in Scotland must be registered by a Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages within 8 days of their occurrence.

The law now allows for a death which has taken place in Scotland to be registered in any district in Scotland.

It is principally the duty of a relative of the deceased to provide the particulars for registration, but if no such relative is available the duty may be performed by any person present at the death, or the deceased's executor or other legal representative.

Documents Required

You will be required to take along to the Registrar the following documents:

If these documents are not available please contact the Registrar who will advise.

Information Required

The Registrar will require the following information:

Documents You Will Receive From The Registrar

Once the death has been registered the Registrar will issue you with the following documents:

Additional abbreviated and/or full extracts can be purchased on payment of the statutory fee. They may be required for pension, insurance or other purposes.

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