When someone dies a death certificate (Medical Certificate of cause of death) (form 11) is issued either by either the deceased’s GP, Hospital Doctor or Procurator Fiscal/ Pathologist. Once you are in possession of this you need to register the death. 

Provisional funeral arrangements can be discussed prior to the death certificate being issued, so please contact us at your earliest convenience 01835 867189


What forms will the registration office require?

Medical Certificate of cause of death (form 11)

Deceased’s birth certificate

Marriage certificate or civil partnership registration certificate (if applicable)

Deceased’s National Health Service medical card

If you don’t have the birth, marriage or medical card, the registrar can still register the death by checking records and asking you some questions.

Tell us once service at the registration office

The Tell us once service at the registration office informs numerous government departments of the death, if you have any of the following documents and they are applicable please take them with you. 

  • Deceased’s National insurance number
  • Deceased’s passport
  • Deceased’s driving licence
  • Deceased’s bus pass
  • Deceased’s blue disabled badge

Who must register the death?

A close relative or partner should normally register the death. An executor, someone who was present at the death or the occupier of the property where the person died can also do it.

Anyone who has the information needed can register the death, so if you feel too upset you can ask someone else to do it

How do I register the death?

Appointments can be booked by calling the Registration Office of your choice as listed provided the death occurred in Scotland. However, if an appointment is not available at the office of your choice, you may call the Scottish Borders Council Contact Centre on 0300 100 1800 and they will arrange an appointment for you at one of the registration offices

During the registration process the death may be randomly selected for “Review” a review is when the Death Certification service discusses the cause of death with the Doctor who signed the death certificate. A review can take up to three days.

Consideration will be given by us to allow time between the date the death is registered and the date of the funeral to accommodate possible reviews

What paperwork will the registrar give me? 

One copy of the Extract of an entry into the register of death, this will be required for any legal purposes finalising the deceased’s estate, so you may need to ask for additional copies

The Form 14 which must be given to ourselves, we then forward this to the crematorium or burial department to confirm the death has been registered