Like everyone, Registrars are changing how we work to help protect us all from the risk of Covid-19. As part of this, temporary changes have been made to the national information system we use, so that we can work remotely.
These changes mean that we cannot just now offer an on-line ordering service for certificates. Please therefore do not use our website to request or pay for any certificates at this time.
If you have an urgent request for a copy Birth, Death, or Marriage Certificate please contact the local registrar’s office where the event was registered to request this.
You can find the contact details for the Argyll and Bute registration offices here
Ordering copies of birth, death, marriage and civil partnership certificates.
Certificates cost £16.00 each (plus £0.50 UK Postage or £2.00 Overseas Postage)
Please contact your local registrar for more information
If you were adopted in Scotland, you can trace your original birth entry.
The Adoption Unit at New Register House can provide you with an extract of your original entry if you were born in Scotland. Write to the Adoption Unit providing details of your adoptive name, date of birth and your full postal address. You will be sent a declaration form to complete.
What might be revealed?
- further information about place and time of birth
- the original name under which you were registered
- your mother's name and surname and possibly occupation
- your father's name, if recorded, and
- the name and possibly the relationship of the person who registered the birth.
This information may also give you a lead into Adoption records or Adoption Agency records. You will also be told the location of your Court records.
You have a statutory right to counselling services under the Adoption (Scotland) Act 1978
More information on adoption records can be found on the NRS website.
Book of Scottish Connections
What is the Book of Scottish Connections (BSC)?
The BSC is a public record that allows people all over the world, with a Scottish connection, to apply for a birth, death, marriage or civil partnership abroad to be recorded in the BSC held by the Registrar General in Edinburgh (provided that the event has already been registered with the civil registration authorities of the country in question). A commemorative certificate of the event (and the Scottish connection) will then be available from the registration service in Scotland, to be preserved as a part of the family history record.
Contact points for further information:
Please write, phone or visit us at New Register House.
You may contact our Book of Scottish Connections section:
National Records of Scotland
Book of Scottish Connections Section
New Register House
3 West Register Street