National Records of Scotland

Responsible for Scotland's national archives. Also responsible for the registration of:

  • births
  • deaths
  • marriage
  • civil partnership
  • adoptions
  • the laws relating to the formalities of marriage.

Other responsibilities include:

  • The census of Scotland's population every 10 years.
  • Providing a family history service, drawn from their registration and census information, for genealogists across the world to trace their Scottish ancestry.


Marriage in Scotland

Getting married in Scotland including how to register a marriage and documents you need.

Register a birth

Find out who needs to register a birth and how and where to do it, including how to register a birth during coronavirus.

Register a death

Find out how to register a death in Scotland, elsewhere in the UK or abroad.

What to do when someone dies

The steps you must take when someone dies – register a death, the procurator fiscal, funerals and bereavement support.