You can register a death if you:
If you're none of the above, but no one else can register the death, you can register the death as long as you:
An appointment is required to attend the Registrar’s Office. It will take approximately one hour to complete the registration.
Highland Archive and Registration Centre, Bught Road, Inverness IV3 5SS
T: 01349 781131
Ross House, 71 High Street, Dingwall IV15 9RY
T: 01349 868507
A death can be registered at any Registrars office throughout Scotland.
Please do not delay registering the death if some of these documents are not available as the only compulsary form is the Form 11.
Some medical certificates will be selected for review and you will be informed by the Registrar if a review is taking place. This is done to help check that medical certificates are correct.
When a medical certificate is chosen for review, it means there could be a delay in registering a person's death. If you're trying to arrange a funeral for someone, the funeral can't go ahead until their death has been registered. The delay should be no more than 1 to 3 working days.
If you object to the delay, for example if your religion requires the funeral to go ahead quickly, you can apply for 'advanced registration'. If advanced registration is given, you'll be able to go ahead with the funeral without delay.
If you wish to make an application for advanced registration, tell the registrar when you attend to register the death.
Registrar’s Office's offer the 'Tell Us Once' service. This is used to notify government departments, including Department for Work and Pensions and different services in the council. The Registrar will notify the relevent departments about the death on your behalf.
To use this service the Registrar will require the following items (if applicable) relating to the deceased:
For more information about this service, visit www.gov.uk/tell-us-once.