Register a death

How to register a death

You need to make an appointment at one of our offices to register a death. You have 8 days to do this.

Lothian Chambers
59-63 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1RN
0131 529 2600

30 Ferry Road, Edinburgh, EH6 4AE

0131 529 5520

South Queensferry
53 High Street, South Queensferry, EH30 9HP
0131 331 1590

16 Station Road, Kirkliston, EH29 9BE
0131 529 6920

Documents to bring

Please make sure you bring

  • certificate of death from the hospital or doctor
  • birth and marriage or civil partnership certificate for deceased, if you have them
  • NHS medical card.

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

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

  • national insurance number
  • passport
  • driving licence
  • blue badge.

Documents we will issue

These will be

  • abbreviated death certificate, free of charge
  • Form 14 for funeral director, free of charge

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. This is free of charge.

For more information please visit National Records of Scotland website.

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