Births, ceremonies and deaths


  • Planned marriage or civil partnership ceremonies can go ahead.
  • There will be no requirement on venues to maintain physical distancing at ceremonies or receptions.
  • The requirement for face coverings to be worn at marriage ceremonies and civil partnership registrations in indoor public places has been removed.
  • However, face coverings remain an important part of stopping the spread of coronavirus. The Scottish Government continues to strongly encourage the use of protective measures to reduce risk, including wearing face coverings where appropriate, to help keep each other safe.

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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