Births, ceremonies and deaths

To protect public health, we have made some changes to service:


Registration of births has been postponed.

Births will be notified to DWP without being registered for the moment. We are notified when a birth takes place before registration. We will forward the notification as soon as the legislation is changed to allow it. We will update the website as soon as we have permission to pass the information on.


Please do not post or email the card issued by the hospital to the Registrar. It is extremely important that you keep it in your possession. It will be needed when the birth is finally registered.


Marriage and civil partnerships cannot take place at this time, therefore we are not issuing any schedules. Our priority is dealing with death registrations.

If your ceremony was to be before 31 December 2020, and you have postponed because of the pandemic, the National Records of Scotland (NRS) Office will allow an extended notice period without having to lodge a new notice.

If it's not possible to re-arrange your ceremony before this date, and you have papers lodged with us, you will not be charged for re-submitting notice.

If you wish to postpone or cancel a ceremony, keep an eye on our web pages.

Citizenship ceremonies

Citizenship ceremonies have been suspended until further notice.

You must normally book your citizenship ceremony within 3 months of getting an invitation from the Home Office. The Home Office have extended this to 6 months. Delays caused by the pandemic will not affect decisions on your application.

If you have already booked a ceremony, once we can resume normal service, we will contact you in order of ‘ceremony by’ date.

The Home Office is not sending out certificates at this time.


The registration of deaths is the priority of the registration service at this time. All deaths are being registered by a remote system.

If you have had a bereavement or still birth, and have received a Medical Cause of Death or still birth certificate, please take a clear and legible photo (for example on your phone) and email:

Please provide a phone number that we can contact you on, and a member of the team will be in touch.

If you have trouble getting a digital image, the funeral director you have chosen may be able to help.

This system will be updating in the next few days. Medical staff will send the Medical Cause of Death directly to the Registration district.

Arranging a funeral

The National Association of Funeral Directors has information for bereaved families about arranging a funeral during the pandemic.

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