Registration services

Certificates

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

Births

East Lothian Council Registration Service have resumed birth registrations and are now able to register babies born from March 2020 onwards.

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.

Latest restrictions for ceremonies have been altered to permit a maximum attendance of 20 people where the venue allows with physical distancing and does not include any limitation on numbers of households but does include the registrar or celebrant, relevant interpreter and photographer etc.

Civil ceremonies due to be held within the registration office can currently only be held at two outdoor areas.  We are in the process of identifying appropriate indoor spaces and will update this page when they become available.

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

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.

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