National Records of Scotland

Preserving the past, Recording the present, Informing the future



The National Records of Scotland (NRS) is responsible for the arrangements for registering births, deaths, marriages, civil partnerships and other life events. Links on this page provide the answers to the questions we are asked most often.

The attached Registration Privacy Notice (150KB PDF) tells you what happens to personal information when a life event is registered.

Ordering Certificates

Guidance about ordering certificates (official extracts from the statutory registers) is available at:-

General Information

General information on registration in Scotland is available at:-

Royal Anniversary Messages

Following the sad passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, please note that congratulatory messages are not being sent at this time and applications are not currently being processed.

If you have already made an online or postal application to the Anniversaries Office, it will be processed when operations resume, and you will receive confirmation that a message has been arranged