Births, ceremonies and deaths

Priority services have now resumed.


Marriage and civil partnership ceremonies can take place with a maximum of:

  • 5 people (including the registrar/celebrant) up to 25 April 2021
  • 50 people, where the venue allows social distancing, from 26 April 2021.

Contact the registration office for numbers of guests at Fairfield House ceremonies.

If you decide to book and have to cancel or re-book due to the numbers not being updated, we will not issue a refund.

Everyone must keep to social distancing rules.


We will invite you to a registration appointment. Visit our Register a birth page for more information.


Please don't post the card issued from the hospital to the registrar. It is extremely important that you keep it. You will need it when the birth is finally registered.


Death registration will continue as a remote service until further notice.

For more information, email and we will reply as soon as possible 

If your enquiry is urgent, call 0131 271 3281.

Arranging a funeral

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

Citizenship ceremonies

Citizenship ceremonies are now being carried out virtually. Your equipment must have access to a camera and microphone. Please email with your full name, email address and contact telephone number. Once we receive your certificate from the Home Office we will contact to arrange an appointment.

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.