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Getting Married or Civilly Partnered in Scotland

Getting Married or Civilly Partnered in Scotland

Submitting notice of intention to marry or enter a civil partnership

If you intend to marry or register a civil partnership, the first step is to submit a notice of intention to marry or enter a civil partnership, to the registration office for the district where your marriage ceremony or civil partnership registration will take place.

Notices can be submitted in person or by post. We would encourage people to submit notices by post to reduce the amount of face to face contact time spent in the registration office.

Please see I Want to Get Married in Scotland. How Do I Go About It? or I Want to Register a Civil Partnership in Scotland. How Do I Go About It? for further information about completing notice forms, timescales, fees and the documents which should accompany your completed form.

Dealing with your marriage or civil partnership notice

As a consequence of COVID-19, registration offices may be dealing with a backlog of work, or they may have limited staff numbers. This may result in it taking longer than normal for your marriage or civil partnership notice to be processed.

Marriages and civil partnerships where there is a pressing need

Please contact a local registration office (62 KB PDF) or the National Records of Scotland at [email protected] if you believe there is a pressing need for your wedding or civil partnership to proceed to a shorter timescale than the normal notice period. You will be asked to provide details of your circumstances. The Registrar General for Scotland will consider your request carefully and let you know whether your marriage or civil partnership schedule can be completed without the 28 clear days’ notice period having taken place

Visiting the registration office

You may still need to visit a registration office to:

  • Hand in notices of intention to marry or enter a civil partnership. As indicated above, however, we would recommend that you submit notices by post at the moment, if at all possible, to minimise physical contact
  • Hand in supporting documents not previously submitted with a notice form (such as a passport or other identity document)
  • Deal with any inquiries arising from your notices which cannot be dealt with by phone or in writing
  • Collect the marriage or civil partnership schedule, if you are having a religious or belief marriage or civil partnership. (If your marriage is to be solemnised, or your civil partnership registered, by a civil registrar, the registrar will keep the schedule.)

Visits to the office will be kept as brief as possible.

Issuing the marriage or civil partnership schedule

Once the registrar has processed your marriage or civil partnership notice, the registrar will prepare a marriage or civil partnership schedule.

If your marriage is to be solemnised, or your civil partnership registered, by a civil registrar, the registrar will retain the schedule for completion on the day of the marriage or civil partnership.

If you are having a religious or belief marriage or civil partnership, one of the parties will need to visit the registration office to collect the schedule to be completed on the day. The registrar who issues the schedule will discuss with you the best arrangements for returning the signed schedule after the marriage or civil partnership. You may be asked to return the completed schedule to the registration office by post, in order to minimise physical contact.

The Registration Privacy Notice (433 KB PDF) tells you what happens to personal information when a life event is registered.