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National Records of Scotland

Preserving the past, Recording the present, Informing the future



The National Records of Scotland (NRS) is responsible for the arrangements for registering births, deaths, marriages, civil partnerships and other life events. Links on this page provide the answers to the questions we are asked most often.

The attached Registration Privacy Notice (433 KB PDF) tells you what happens to personal information when a life event is registered.

Ordering Certificates

Guidance about ordering certificates (official extracts from the statutory registers) is available at:-

General Information

General information on registration in Scotland is available at:-

Royal Anniversary Messages

Her Majesty (HM) The Queen sends congratulatory messages for 60th, 65th, 70th wedding anniversaries and every year thereafter. Online applications may be made through NRS at Royal Anniversary Messages