Registration services


We are currently unable to process requests for certificates unless they are required for the following purposes: Universal Credit or any other Benefit Claim.

Look after the card issued from the hospital to you as you will require this when you do come to register the birth once the office has returned to business as usual.

The registration of deaths and stillbirths are the priority of the registration service at this time.

We have been advised by the National Records of Scotland (NRS) office that all marriages will need to be postponed. We will again take advice from NRS on ceremonies and resume when it is safe to lift the restrictions on ceremonies and on the issue of schedules. Ceremonies will not go ahead until the restriction on producing schedules has been lifted. 

At present we are unable to accept any marriage or civil partnership notice forms.

If your ceremony was postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, NRS will give authority for the notice period to be extended without new notices being lodged.

If it's not possible to re-arrange your ceremony before 31 December 2020 and you have papers lodged with us, you will not be charged for re-submitting notice.

We will give you advice on what to do if you want to postpone or cancel your ceremony as soon as we can.

Staff are dealing with death registrations as a priority just now so please don't contact the office.


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.


Government guidance currently allows funerals to take place with immediate family only present. This means a service at the Crematorium or at any of our cemeteries (graveside services) can only be attended by immediate family.

At this time immediate family are defined by our industry bodies as

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


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