Registering a death
One of the first things you might need to do after someone has died is to register the death.
You can register a death if you:
- Are related to someone who died
- Were there when the person died
- Are an executor or solicitor of the person who has died
- Lived with the person who died, if they died at home
- Are the funeral director and have agreed to register the death with the family’s permission
If you are none of the above, but no one else can register the death, you can register the death as long as you:
- Know the details of the person who has died
- Have the right documents
Further information is available from the Scottish Government.
What will the registrar need to know?
When you have the telephone appointment with the registrar, they will ask:
- The full name, usual address and occupation of the person who has died
- Their parents’ full names and occupations
- The name and address of their GP
- Details of their birth and any marriages or civil partnerships, if these are known. If any relevant life events took place outside of Scotland, the registrar may ask for a digital copy of any important documents
What happens next?
Once the registration is complete, the registrar will email an electronic copy of the Form 14 (certificate of registration of death) directly to your chosen funeral director. A paper copy will also be posted to the funeral director. This certificate is required before a burial or cremation can take place.
An abbreviated death certificate will be posted to you, and you can request a copy of the full extract if you wish to do so (a charge will apply). It is worth noting that some services will request a copy of the full death certificate when you are contacting them to tell them about the death of the person.
Tell Us Once Service – this is an optional service that can help you notify government departments of the death e.g. to deal with the person’s benefits, state pension, passport, driving licence or Blue Badge. During the registration, the registrar will issue you with a reference number that you can use to complete the process from home by telephone or online.
Further information is available on the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde website.