Births, ceremonies and deaths

The Scottish Government advises that priority services can resume from 29 June 2020.


Marriage and civil partnership ceremonies can take place outdoors, with a small number of people attending. The number of attendees is strictly controlled.

Members of three separate households (maximum 8 people) can attend an outdoor wedding or civil partnership. This is to allow the parties (who may be from separate households) and the witnesses to attend.

The limit of 8 people does not include the registrar/celebrant and any interpreters.


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. 

We will update our website in the coming days. Thank you for your continued patience while we gradually resume services.

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.

If you have already booked a ceremony, once we can resume normal service, we will contact you in order of ‘ceremony by’ date.

The Home Office is not sending out certificates at this time.