Order a copy of a certificate

We can provide you with copies of birth, death, marriage and civil partnership certificates.

Certificates cost £15.00 each (plus £0.50 UK Postage or £2.00 Overseas Postage)

Please contact your local registrar for more information

Adoption Records

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.

Write to:
The National Records of Scotland Adoption Unit
Room 3
General Register House
2 Princes Street
Edinburgh
EH1 3YY
 
Telephone: 0131 535 1355, 1383 or 1376

 

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.