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


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


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 register your baby’s birth: call 01620 827 308 or email Include your contact phone number and the Registrar will call you back.

Civil marriages

To book a civil marriage or civil partnership ceremony email the Registration Service or call 01620 827308. 

Civil ceremonies can currently only be held at The Brunton Hall, Musselburgh or Dunbar Town House - unless you want a simple statutory ceremony which will held in the general office at John Muir House, Haddington.

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 should bring your Marriage (M10) forms to the office, as we need to see your original documents - for example your birth certificate and passport. You must make an appointment to hand in your papers and documents and you need to discuss your arrangements regarding the marriage schedule with the Registration Team. Email  or phone 01620 827 308 to make an appointment.

See information on lodging a marriage notice        


Tell us once

Tell Us Once is a service that lets you report a death to most government organisations in one go. Read full details on the website.

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.

All registration business is carried out from the Haddington Registrar’s Office, John Muir House, or by staff working from home.  Musselburgh Registrar’s Office is closed. Death registrations will be conducted by telephone and email. For an appointment to register a death please call 01620 827308 or email


For all burial administration please call 01620 827650 or email


Your co-operation is appreciated at this difficult time.

Tel: 01620 827 308


Address: Registrar, John Muir House, Brewery Park, Haddington EH41 3HA