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Register a death

Registration of Deaths can be carried out at eight different locations throughout Fife.

When someones dies in Scotland, you can register their death anywhere in Scotland.  No burial or cremation can take place without the death having first been registered. For further information please contact one of our registration offices if you need any more advice.

You can register a death at the following locations in Fife: 


Due to the introduction of the ‘Certification of Death (Scotland) Act 2011’ the death you are registering may be selected for medical review and you may not immediately be able to complete the death registration. You can still make provisional funeral arrangements while the medical review is underway, however, the funeral cannot take place until the medical review has been completed. The registrar will explain the review process and timescales in more detail at your appointment. You can read more about the medical review process by visiting www.healthcareimprovementscotland.org/deathcertification

When you are registering a death, the registrar will be able to help you with advice about the certificates you might need, and about other Fife Council services.

You can also use our very useful bereavement service Tell Us Once which informs many departments of both local and central government when someone has died.  To use this service which is carried out directly following the death registration (takes 15 mins) please bring with you:

  • Deceased person's National Insurance No.
  • Their passport or passport no. (if they had one)
  • Their driving licence or driving licence no. (if they had one)
  • Surviving spouse's National Insurance No.


This can be a difficult time for you and we all want to make things as straightforward as possible, so please ask if we can help in any way.

Costs
It costs nothing to register a death and you will be given an abbreviated death certificate free of charge and a letter for the undertaker.  A full death certificate costs £10 at time of registration (which shows the cause of death) this is required for insurance purposes.


Please remember to make an appointment to register a death by using the contact details below. 


Registration of births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships (lines open 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Tel: 03451 55 00 77 Contact Registration of births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships (lines open 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.) online

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