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
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
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
- full name
- date and place of birth
- 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
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
- 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
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
East Dunbartonshire Council has three registration offices in
Kirkintilloch, Bishopbriggs and Bearsden.
38 Roman Road,
170 Kirkintilloch Road,
2-4 West High Street, Kirkintilloch,
|Telephone: 0141 578 8669
||Telephone: 0141 578 8557
||Telephone: 0300 123 4510
times for Bearsden and Kirkintilloch
||Monday 9am - 12.30pm, 1.30pm - 5pm
Tuesday - Friday 9am - 12.30pm, 1.30pm - 4pm
times for Bishopbriggs
"Due to staff training there is currently a limited
service operating in Bishopbriggs Library. Please call customer
services on 0300 123 4510 to confirm opening times before visiting
the library for registration services. We apologise for any
inconvenience this causes however when training is complete we will
be able provide an enhanced registration service for our customers
in the Bishopbriggs area"