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I am registering a Civil Partnership abroad and require my birth extract to be "authenticated". How do I go about this?

I am registering a Civil Partnership abroad and require my birth extract to be "authenticated". How do I go about this?

An "authentication" can be provided by National Records of Scotland for a fee. However, as a result of COVID-19, staff currently have very limited access to our building so NRS is unable to accept applications for an authentication at this time. Please contact General Registration Unit if you require any further information.

Please note that an "authentication" is not acceptable to every foreign government and some ask for what is called an "apostille" to be written on the back of an extract. This procedure is governed by international convention and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is responsible for adding the "apostille".

If you require an "apostille" please contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
(Tel: 020 7008 1111).