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Death - registering

When should I register a death?

A 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. Directory of Registrars in Scotland (pdf) (172 Kb)

Who can register a death?

A death may be registered by any relative, any person present at the death, the deceased's executor or other legal representative, the occupier of the premises where the death took place or, finally, any other person possessing the information needed for registration.

What documents should I take to the Registrar?

You should take with you:

  • the medical certificate of cause of death (Form 11)
  • the deceased's birth and marriage certificate
  • the deceased's NHS medical card
  • Any documents relating to the receipt of a pension or allowance from government funds.

If the documents above are available, the death should be registered without any problem. If any of these documents are not available, do not worry as the Registrar can still proceed to register the death. The following information about the deceased is required:

  • full name
  • date and place of birth
  • occupation
  • address
  • the full names of all spouses and their occupations
  • father's full name and usual occupation
  • mother's full name and usual occupation

Tell us Once

We also offer a Tell Us Once service to make things easier for you, which allows the Registrar to contact several other agencies (including government departments and other local authority services) to advise them of the bereavement on your behalf.

What documents will you receive?

 When the registration is complete, the registrar will give you, free of charge:

  • a certificate of registration of death (Form 14), for production to the person in charge of the burial ground or crematorium
  • a Social Security registration or notification of death certificate (Form 334 S1), for use in obtaining or adjusting Social Security benefits and for National Insurance purposes
  • an abbreviated extract of the death entry (i.e. excluding cause of death and parentage details)
  • a full extract or certificate of the death on payment of the current statutory fee.

Other useful information

 The Scottish Government booklet What to do after a death in Scotland (pdf) (166Kb) gives practical advice for bereaved people and is widely available in registration offices. You can also obtain a copy by telephoning 0131 244 2193.

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 obtain a copy from the General Register Office for Scotland (GROS).

East Dunbartonshire Council has three registration offices in Kirkintilloch, Bishopbriggs and Bearsden.


Customers please note the holiday arrangements for Easter

Closure Friday, 18 April 2014 to Monday 21 April 2014 inclusive


Normal hours of business will resume on Tuesday 22 April 2014


 

Bearsden Registration Office,
38 Roman Road,
Bearsden,
G61 2SH
Bishopbriggs Registration Office,
Bishopbriggs Library,
170 Kirkintilloch Road,
Bishopbriggs,
G64 2LX
Kirkintilloch Registration Office,
21 Southbank Road,
Kirkintilloch,
G66 1NH
Telephone: 0141 578 8669 Telephone: 0141 578 8557 Telephone: 0141 578 8020

 

Opening times for Bearsden and Kirkintilloch Monday 9am - 12.30pm, 1.30pm - 5pm 
Tuesday - Friday 9am - 12.30pm, 1.30pm - 4pm 
Opening times for Bishopbriggs Monday  and Friday 10am -12.30pm, 1.30pm - 4pm
Tuesday and Wednesday 1-4pm
Thursday Closed all day  

 

 

 

Last Reviewed: 17/04/2014

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