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Order a copy of a birth, death or marriage certificate

Order online

You can only order a certificate online right now from the ScotlandsPeople website.

The online service is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 4.30pm.

You can order certificates of:

  • birth
  • death
  • marriage
  • divorce
  • civil partnership
  • dissolution of civil partnership

ScotlandsPeople can only process online orders right now. They cannot process any orders made in another way.

How long the order takes

It usually takes 15 working days to get a copy certificate.

But orders are taking longer than usual to right now due to coronavirus and may take longer than this.

Urgent certificate orders

For urgent orders you should order a certificate online.

Once you've ordered you should contact ScotlandsPeople on the website to give details of the urgent order.

Adoption birth certificates and no trace divorce letters

This includes urgent orders for adoption birth certificates and no trace divorce letters.

Someone from ScotlandsPeople will then contact you about the urgent order.

Census and old parish records

You cannot order copies of these online right now.

You should contact ScotlandsPeople to find out about these.

Further information

You can get further information about copy certificates and records from:

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