Information

You appear to be using an unsupported browser, and it may not be able to display this site properly. You may wish to upgrade your browser.

Order a copy of a birth, death or marriage certificate

Order a copy certificate online

You can order a certificate online from the ScotlandsPeople website. You need to create an account first on the ScotlandsPeople website. 

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

Opening hours

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

Order a copy certificate from your local council

You can order a copy certificate from your local council registration service. This service from your local council may be affected by Covid.

You can get more information from the registration section of your local council website.

Visit Aberdeen City CouncilVisit Aberdeenshire CouncilVisit Angus CouncilVisit Argyll and Bute CouncilVisit Clackmannanshire CouncilVisit Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council)Visit Dumfries and Galloway CouncilVisit Dundee City CouncilVisit East Ayrshire CouncilVisit East Dunbartonshire CouncilVisit East Lothian CouncilVisit East Renfrewshire CouncilVisit Edinburgh CouncilVisit Falkirk CouncilVisit Fife CouncilVisit Glasgow City CouncilVisit The Highland CouncilVisit Inverclyde CouncilVisit Midlothian CouncilVisit Moray CouncilVisit North Ayrshire CouncilVisit North Lanarkshire CouncilVisit Orkney Islands CouncilVisit Perth & Kinross CouncilVisit Renfrewshire CouncilVisit Scottish Borders CouncilVisit South Ayrshire CouncilVisit South Lanarkshire CouncilVisit Shetland CouncilVisit Stirling CouncilVisit West Dunbartonshire CouncilVisit West Lothian Council

Copy certificates you can order

You can order certificates of:

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

Fees for copy certificates 

  • 1 certificate - £12 (any type)
  • each extra copy - £10 (must be same certificate and ordered at same time)

Priority service 

The priority service costs £15 for each certificate plus the certificate fees. 

If you order many copies of the same certificate at the same time, you only pay the priority service fee for the first certificate. 

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:

Back to top