Registering a death

Ian Esslemont Funeral Services

Chapel Street


AB54 8BS


T: 01466 792874

Ian Esslemont Funeral Directors Ltd

(Formerly Esslemont & McLeay)

3 Mill Street


AB44 1RS


T: 01261 832467



In Scotland, a new law came into place on Wednesday 13th May 2015.

ALL deaths must now be registered before burial or cremation can be booked.


No time can be arranged for a funeral until the form has been issued from the registrars and brought to the funeral director. However preliminary arrangements can still be made with the funeral director prior to registering the death.



It’s usually a relative of the deceased who is responsible for registering the death. If a relative isn’t available, then any of the following people can register the death:


  • any person present at the death
  • the executor or another legal representative
  • the occupier of the place where the death took place
  • any person who has the necessary information

Registering a death

If the death has occurred in Scotland, it can be registered at any registrar’s office in Scotland. Phone first to make an appointment at the office you require.



Find your nearest registrar's office




Mercat Cross

38 Low Street


AB45 1AY


Tel: 01261 813439




Records Office/Registration Opening Times


Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4.30pm




25 Gordon Street


AB54 8AN


Tel: 01466 795040




Records Office/Registration Opening Times


Monday to Friday 8.45am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 4.30pm



If the above is not your nearest registrar's office you can click here for the relevent office.