Births, ceremonies and deaths

Priority services have now resumed.


Marriage and civil partnership ceremonies can take place with a maximum of 20 people (excluding registrar/celebrant and any interpreters) indoors or outdoors, if the venue can accommodate that number safely.

Everyone must keep to social distancing rules.


We will invite you to a registration appointment according to the birth date of your child. 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 [email protected] 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 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.