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Register a death

In this section, there is information and guidance aimed at helping you through this difficult time.

Who should register the death?

The death can be registered by:

  • Any relative of the deceased;
  • any person present at the death;
  • the deceased's executor or other legal representative or
  • the occupier, at the time of death, of the premises where the death took place.

If none of the above is available or applicable, any other person having knowledge of the particulars to be registered can register the death. The informant must be aged 16 or over.

When and where should the death be registered?

The death must be registered within 8 days. Please contact us to make an appointment.

If the death took place in Scotland, it may be registered at any Registration Office in Scotland [PDF].

Documents to be produced when registering the death

You should take with you:

  • The medical certificate of cause of death
  • It is helpful if you produce the Birth Certificate and any Marriage Certificate.

If these are not available and the deceased was born in Scotland, we should be able to obtain the necessary information for you.

If using the Tell Us Once service (a service that notifies relevant central and local government departments of the death) please bring in the following information for the deceased where possible:

  • National Insurance Number
  • Details of any benefits or services
  • Driving Licence or Driving Licence Number
  • Passport or Passport Number
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Death Certification Review in Scotland

Please note that from 13 May 2015 a random selection of medical certificates will be selected for review by qualified medical reviewers through the registration system.  These reviews are designed to check the quality and accuracy of certificates and to improve how this information is recorded.  If the death you are registering is selected for review you will not immediately be able to complete the death registration.  The Registrar will explain the review process and timescales, and will contact you when the review is complete. You can still make initial funeral arrangements while the review is underway.  However, the funeral itself cannot take place until the review is completed. icon A Guide to Death Certification Review in Scotland [234Kb]

Documents issued by the registrar at the time of registration

The Registrar will issue:

  • Form 14 for the funeral director
  • Abbreviated extract of death.

If you require additional extracts of the death entry, eg for insurance or banking purposes, you can obtain copies of the Death Certificate for the statutory fee of £10.00 at time of registration or within one month. £15.00 after one month of registration unless an abbreviated or full certificate is produced at time of purchase.

Financial assistance

You may be entitled to bereavement related benefits.

Perth & Kinross Council has a dedicated Welfare Rights Team that provides a universal, free, confidential and impartial welfare rights advice and representation service to the residents of Perth & Kinross. The Team has online information which includes information relating to  Benefits and bereavement

Depending on your circumstances you may be entitled to a funeral support payment .

Contact details


5 High Street, Perth, PH1 5JS
Tel 01738 475121