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Register a death

It is a legal requirement for a death in Scotland to be registered within 8 days of the event. It can be registered at any registration office in Scotland.

Death notifcation service: Tell Us Once

We can help you give information to different council services and government departments that need to know about a death. This service is called Tell Us Once.

You'll be offered this service for free when you register a death. The people that we give your information to will use it to update records, resolve any outstanding issues and end services, benefits or entitlements.

Who we'll contact

We can notify the following government departments:

  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • HM Revenue and Customs
  • Identity and Passport Service
  • Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency
  • Social Security Scotland

We can also tell the following agencies and council services:

  • libraries
  • social work
  • housing
  • Council Tax
  • electoral registration services
  • Armed Forces Pension or Compensation Scheme
  • NHS Pensions
  • Scottish Public Pension Agency
  • Local Government Pension Schemes
  • Pension Protection Fund and Financial Assistance Scheme

What we need to know

We want to make sure we give the right information to anyone that we contact. We'll need the following information about the person who died:

  • full name
  • date of death
  • National Insurance number
  • date of birth
  • details of any benefits or services they were receiving
  • driving licence number
  • passport number

We will also ask you for information about:

  • their next of kin
  • any surviving spouse or civil partner
  • anybody who is getting Child Benefit on their behalf
  • the person dealing with their estate

You need permission from any surviving spouse or civil partner, the next of kin, executor, administrator, or anyone who was claiming joint benefits or entitlements with the person who died, before you give their details.