Covid-19 and births, marriages, civil partnerships and funerals

Certificates

We are now able to process certificates. Requests for certificates can be made online.

Births

East Lothian Council Registration Service have resumed birth registrations and are now registering births from October 2020..

If your child was born in Scotland and you wish to register in East Lothian please contact the Registrar’s Office to make an appointment to begin the process of registering your baby’s birth. 01620 827 308 or  [email protected]

Leave your contact phone number and the Registrar will call you back with details of the registration process.

During the process, if the child’s parents are married to each other, then only one parent needs to speak to the Registrar. During the process, if the child’s parents are not married to each other, then both parents will need to join the call to speak to the Registrar.

You will also be required to attend the office at the John Gray Centre, Haddington at a later date to sign the birth Register. If the child’s parents are married to each other, then only one parent needs to attend. If the child’s parents are not married to each other, then both parents will need to attend. The Registrar’s office at Musselburgh is currently closed.

Civil marriages

We are not able to book civil marriages until we have carried out ceremonies for couples who had to postpone their ceremony due to COVID 19. Once we have arranged a new date with each couple for their ceremony to take place then we will start to take new bookings for civil marriages.

Scottish Government guidelines state that ceremonies can now take place indoors and outdoors and with a small number of people attending..

Civil ceremonies due to be held within the registration office can currently only be held at The Brunton Hall, Musselburgh or Dunbar Town House

Notice of marriage or civil partnership for religious or other belief

East Lothian Council Registration Service can now accept notice of marriage or civil partnership for religious or other belief ceremonies.  You can only do this by post to

The Registrar, John Grey Centre, 15 Lodge Street Haddington EH41 3DX

Please also include your contact details.    

See information on lodging a marriage notice        

Deaths

If you have had a bereavement or stillbirth the certifying doctor will email the Medical Certificate Cause of Death or Still Birth along with your contact details to the registration service of your choice.  A member of the team will call you back, which could take a few days. The information will be taken over the phone and an arrangement made to send any certificates to you.

Funerals

Despite now entering Phase 3 of Scotland’s route map, those who are organising a funeral are advised that in-person attendance at funeral services should continue to be kept to a small number of people and will be subject to physical distancing and wider public health measures. In person attendance at a funeral service should be limited to 20 people.

This is to help prevent and mitigate any potential spread of the virus amongst different households and the wider community.

Wherever possible and if available, those wishing to attend or follow a funeral service should do so by electronic means, such as via an online streaming service or by viewing a recording of the service.

Immediate family include:

  • partner / spouse of the deceased
  • children and their partners of the deceased
  • parents or carers of the deceased
  • brothers and sisters of the deceased.

Contact

Your co-operation is appreciated at this difficult time.

Tel: 01620 827 308

 [email protected]

Address: Registrar, John Gray Centre, 15 Lodge Street, Haddington, EH41 3DX