Coronavirus – Registration Advice

Death

In line with national guidance from the Registrar General, we will not be taking any new death registration appointments before the start of new remote registration legislation (currently going through the House of Commons). This will enable people to register deaths by phone rather than in person. 

We will continue to update this page with information as it becomes available.

Immediate family only should attend funerals, keeping social distancing rules in place at all times

Birth

With immediate effect we will not be taking any appointments for Birth Registration. Please continue to check this page for updates on when this service will resume.

National Records of Scotland does not see a pressing social or public health need to maintain the normal 21-day timeframe for in-person registration of births at this time.

National Records of Scotland is in discussion with HMRC and Social Security Scotland about how best to validate claims for Child Benefit and other benefits following the birth of a child. This information will be provided as soon as it is available.

We will continue to update this page with information as it becomes available.

 

Following advice on the prevention of public gatherings from the UK and Scottish Government, and to help delay the spread of COVID-19, a decision has been taken that marriages and civil partnerships will not take place in the pandemic period.

We understand this is an extremely worrying time for anyone who has a wedding booked over the coming months whether with the Argyll and Bute Registrars or another celebrant. We are taking guidance from the UK and Scottish Government and as you will all be aware this is an ongoing situation.

We will do our best to keep you all updated on any changes as and when we receive them.

What happens if postpone my Wedding?

If you have booked your wedding with Argyll and Bute Registrars then we will certainly try to accommodate a new date for you, working with yourself and your venue or other suppliers to get a date that suits.

If your wedding is being conducted by another celebrant then you should check with them what their procedure is for postponement.

 If you are able to reschedule your marriage for a date including the 31st of December 2020 then your registrar will apply to National Records of Scotland to have your current notice period extended.

If the date falls after this then you will have to submit your marriage papers again within the normal timescales however if you have already paid to lodge notice this will be honoured.

Will I lose the money I have paid if I cancel/postpone?

If your wedding is booked with us then the fees you have paid can be transferred to another date,

 If you are able to reschedule your marriage for a date including the 31st of December 2020 then your registrar will apply to National Records of Scotland to have your current notice period extended.

If the date falls after this then you will have to submit your marriage papers again within the normal timescales however if you have already paid to lodge notice this will be honoured.

If your wedding is to be conducted by another celebrant the marriage notice fees you have paid to us can be transferred to another date within the as above. Please contact your celebrant for their procedure on other fees.

If you are looking to cancel your wedding the fees paid to us can be refunded.

Can I change the location of my wedding?

If you have your ceremony booked with us and have submitted your marriage notices then the location of your marriage can be changed to anywhere within our council area which could be another venue or any other suitable place, as long as you have the permission of the landowner and Public Liability Insurance to cover the event.

If you are looking to change your booking to another council area then we can return your paperwork and fees to you and you can submit it to the relevant office. However the 29 day notice period will start again before you are legally free to be married.

If you have not yet submitted your marriage notices then you can choose to submit them to another council area.

This information also applies to weddings which are to be conducted by another Celebrant.

My overseas Wedding has been cancelled can I be married here instead?

We are sorry to hear that so many couples have lost their overseas weddings in recent weeks. Due to the ongoing situation there will be no ceremonies conducted during this period of pandemic and no schedules will be issued for marriages during this time.

We advise everyone to follow the latest guidance from NHS Inform

Contact the Registration Team