The Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages must register the death within eight days. But it is desirable to have the death registered as soon as possible. All deaths that happen in Scotland must be registered in Scotland, even if the dead person's usual residence was outwith Scotland and the body is to be taken outwith Scotland for interment. Registration of a death must also take place before burial or cremation can take place.
For deaths which have not been reported to the Procurator Fiscal a random selection of the medical certificates of cause of death will be selected for review, through the registration system. These reviews are designed to check the quality and accuracy of certificates and to improve how this information is recorded.
If the death you are registering is selected for review you may not immediately be able to complete the death registration. The registrar will explain the review process and timescales and will contact you when the review is complete.
You can make initial funeral arrangements while the review is underway. However, the funeral cannot take place until the review is completed and you receive the Certificate of Registration of Death (Form 14) from the registrar.
If you need the funeral to go ahead quickly you may be able to apply for advance registration.
Further information on the review service and how to apply for advance registration can be read here - www.healthcareimprovementscotland.org/deathcertification
The death may be registered by:
Deaths may be registered by any registrar in Scotland.
You can get the address of the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages for the area from the funeral director, the telephone directory, the hospital or doctor or the Post Office. Most registration offices operate an appointment system so you should check when the registrar is available.
Take with you:
Things to tell the Registrar:
Tell the registrar the full name and occupation of the husband, wife or civil partner. If the person has been married or in a civil partnership more than once, you should also give the registrar details of previous spouses and civil partners.
The Registrar will give you:
If a baby is stillborn (born dead after the 24th week of pregnancy):
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