If the birth, death or marriage was registered in East Lothian since 1855, or if the civil partnership was registered in East Lothian since 2005, you may obtain a certificate through the East Lothian Registration Service. It may also be possible to obtain a certificate for an event registered anywhere in Scotland (between 1855-to year preceding current year).

Request a copy of a certificate online - this service is only for events registered in Scotland

To obtain a certificate it is helpful to know:

  • full names
  • date of the event
  • where the event took place

Select from the dropdown menu: "Copies of Birth Certificate etc" from the list, then select "Births, Deaths, Marriages", choose the type of certificate you want and complete the online form.

Order a copy of a certificate

Costs and delivery

The cost of certificates bought within 1 month of registration is £10. For all other extracts the cost is £15.

All payments outwith the United Kingdom should be in sterling in the form of an international money order or banker's draft.

Certificates are normally sent within 5 working days by second class mail but temporarily due to staff shortages this could take up to 15 working days. Delivery usually takes another 2-3 business days

Adopted children

Copies of birth certificates for adopted children are only available from National Records of Scotland, New Register House, Edinburgh EH13 3YT.