Births, ceremonies and deaths


From Friday 17 December 2021

  • The Scottish Government, while advising limiting social contact to three households, has not indicated any planned marriage or civil partnership ceremonies should be postponed.
  • There will be no requirement on venues to maintain physical distancing at ceremonies or receptions.
  • Unless exempt people must continue to wear a face covering in an indoor public place such as registration office, hotel or other wedding/CP venue this includes during marriage and CP ceremonies.
  • The registrar/celebrant will be exempt from the requirement to wear a face covering if they are able to remain 2 metres from others or there is a partition in place. As with the couple.
  • Couples must still wear face coverings in any public areas prior to and following the ceremony.
  • If one party is being accompanied down the aisle the accompanying guest(s) are not required to wear a face covering for that part of the ceremony.
  • Children under 12 will not be required to wear a face covering.

Find more information on arranging a marriage


We will invite you to a registration appointment. Visit our Register a birth page for more information. Although all births should be registered within 21 days due to demand this has been extended.


Death registration will continue as a remote service until further notice. Once we have received the certificate from the health provider we will contact the informant to gather the information required. The death will then be registered and documents will be posted out by recorded delivery.

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.

When we receive your form we will check we have your certificate and contact you to arrange your ceremony.

You must normally book your citizenship ceremony within 3 months of getting an invitation from the Home Office.  

Delays caused by the pandemic will not affect decisions on your application.

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