Register a death

You need to make an appointment with a Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages to register any death which occurs in Scotland. You have 8 days to do this.

Note: The law allows a death to be registered in any registration district in Scotland.

Arrange an appointment with Midlothian Registrar

Documents to bring

You must take with you:

  • the medical certificate of cause of death.

If you have them, please bring the deceased's:

  • birth and marriage certificate
  • NHS medical card.

As long as you have the death certificate, do not worry if the other documents are not available. The registrar can still register the death.

Tell Us Once

Tell Us Once is a service we use to notify government departments, including Department for Work and Pensions and services in the council. You tell us which departments apply and we notify them for you.

To use the service, please also bring along these documents if you have them:

  • the deceased's National Insurance number
  • any documents to do with a government pension or allowance
  • their passport
  • their driving licence
  • their blue badge/taxi card/bus pass.

Documents we will issue

We will provide:

  • an abbreviated death certificate (if you require a full certificate this has a fee of £10.00)
  • Form 14 for funeral director

If you do not use the Tell Us Once service to inform the Department for Work and Pensions, we will give you a BD8 form so you can notify them yourself.

For more information please visit National Records of Scotland website.

Death Certification Review

The Death Certification Review service checks on the accuracy of a sample of Medical Certificates of Cause of Death (MCCDs).

If the MCCD you bring to the registrar is selected, the registration cannot be completed until the review is finished. You may need to return to the registrar to collect the Form 14. The registrar will contact you when the review is completed.

More information is on the Healthcare Improvement Scotland website.

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