Renfrewshire Council

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Our registration offices at Renfrew, Renfrewshire House and Johnstone Town Hall are now closed.

For current guidance on registering a death and sources of support when you lose a loved one, please visit our Death and bereavement support page

Register a death

To register a death in Renfrewshire you can make an appointment online or speak to our Customer Service Centre.

In Scotland, a death should be registered within 8 days.


Who can register a death?

Normally, it is the duty of a relative to register a death. If no relative is available, a death can be registered by:

  • anyone present when the person passed away;
  • the executor or legal representative of the person who died;
  • anyone who lives in the place where the person passed away; or
  • any other person who knows about the death.


What do I need to register a death?

You will need:

  • the full name, occupation, address, date and country of birth of the person who has passed away;
  • the full name, including previous married surnames or surnames taken in a civil partnership, and occupation of any spouse(s)/civil partner(s);
  • the date of birth of any living spouse or civil partner;
  • the full name and occupation of the parents of the person who has died, including mother's maiden surname;
  • the name and address of the GP of the person who has died;
  • a medical certificate (Form 11) from the doctor;
  • an NHS medical card (if available);
  • a birth certificate of the person who has passed; and
  • a marriage or civil partnership certificate (if applicable).

If you need a replacement, find out how to order a birth, marriage or civil partnership certificate.


Where can I register a death?

Any death that takes place in Scotland can be registered in Scotland.

In Renfrewshire, we register deaths in Paisley, Renfrew and Johnstone. You can book an appointment to register a death online or over the phone.


What documents will I receive?

You will receive:

  • a certificate of registration of death (Form 14) issued free of charge from the funeral director;
  • a certificate for the Department of Work and Pensions (Form BD8);
  • an abbreviated death certificate.

If required, a full death certificate can be purchased for £10.


What happens next?

After the registration of a death, if the person who died was over 18, the registrar will notify the relevant council tax/electoral registration authority.

In Renfrewshire, if the person who passed away was a sole council tenant, termination of tenancy can be arranged through the Customer Service Centre or Housing and Property Services.

Renfrewshire Council offers a Tell Us Once service notifying government departments and local council services that need to be made aware when someone passes away.

During your appointment with the Registrar you can ask to use Tell Us Once. To do so, we require certain information. Find out what to bring and more information on the service here.