Births, ceremonies and deaths

Priority services have now resumed.


From 9 August 2021

  • Most of the remaining legal restrictions on marriage and civil partnership ceremonies, as well as the receptions that follow, will be removed.
  • Guidance on maximum numbers allowed to attend both ceremonies and receptions will cease to apply.
  • Legal restrictions at private dwellings will cease to apply.
  • Guidance on marriage and civil partnership ceremonies indoors at private dwellings will cease to apply.
  • 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 1 metre from others. 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.


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.

When we receive your email 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. The Home Office have extended this to 6 months

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