How to register a death

Information and guidance on registering a death.

Deaths in Scotland

Deaths in Scotland must be registered within 8 days of their occurrence. A relative of the deceased should register a death. If no relative is available, it can be registered by:

  • any person present at the death
  • the executor
  • another legal representative
  • the occupier of the premises where the death took place

There are six registration offices in the Stirling Council area. You can register a death at any of them or at any other registration office in Scotland.

Details of all registration offices in Scotland are available on the National Records of Scotland website.

Cause of death reviews

Healthcare Improvement Scotland randomly reviews medical certificates of cause of death – Form 11. The purpose of the review is to record and improve processes around death certification. If the certificate you bring to the registrar is selected, it can take up to three working days before we are able to issue a death certificate.

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