Births, ceremonies and deaths

Priority services have now resumed.


Marriage and civil partnership ceremonies can take place with a maximum of five people (including the registrar/celebrant, the couple and two witnesses) indoors or outdoors, if the venue can accommodate that number safely. This is from Friday 8 January 2021.

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 [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 are now being carried out virtually. Your equipment must have access to a camera and microphone. Please email [email protected] 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.