Registration services updates due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
Scotland's people centre
The Scotland’s People Centre at The Burns Monument Centre is currently closed with no immediate plans to reopen. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Please contact our office where we will take your details and arrange for you to call at our office to sign the register page and collect your documents.
Attending a birth registration appointment
Please note the procedures below when you attend your appointment:
- If you have any of the COVID-19 symptoms you must not attend your appointment. Your appointment will be rescheduled for when it is safe for you to attend.
- If you are a married couple registering the birth of your child then only one of you need attend the appointment.
- In all circumstances there will only be a maximum of two people allowed to attend your appointment.
- Please do not bring any babies or children to the office.
- When you arrive at the office please be sure to wait outside in the courtyard area in an orderly queue – maintaining a two metre distance between yourself and anyone else waiting.
- You must be on time for your appointment, failure to do so will result in your appointment being rescheduled.
- Please remember to bring the Birth Registration Card to your appointment.
- At your designated appointment time you will be called into the office by a member of staff.
- You will be directed to sanitise your hands when entering the building and asked to take a seat whilst maintaining social distancing measures.
- Please take this opportunity to read all information sheets within the reception area.
- You will be asked to place your Birth Registration Card into a box provided.
- The Registrar will produce a birth register page from the information provided and ask you to check and sign it to confirm the information is correct.
- We will be operating card payments only should you wish to purchase any full birth certificates.
- Once your appointment is finished a member of staff will escort you from the building.
- Please note that there will be no toilet facilities available during these restrictions.
Face to face stillbirth and death registrations have been suspended until further notice.
Following the introduction of the UK Emergency Coronavirus Bill on 26 March 2020, registrars now undertake stillbirth and death registrations by telephone. Please call us on 01563 576695.
Marriages and civil partnerships
Due to current restrictions marriages and civil partnerships are restricted to five people. The bride, the groom, two witnesses and the Registrar, and this number is increased to six people only if an interpreter is required.
Please note that face coverings are now mandatory at all ceremonies.
Test and protect
Test and Protect was launched across Scotland on 28 May 2020 and aims to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community.
We therefore require to gather contact information from customers and visitors at our premises which may be passed to the NHS Test and Protect service, in the event that an incidence of COVID-19 is subsequently identified for a visitor who attended the premises. The information that you provide will be held securely and will be destroyed after 21 days. The information will only be used if requested by NHS Scotland or statutory partners.
You will be asked to complete and return a contact details form as soon as possible, listing the contact details for those who are attending your ceremony.
Further information regarding the lawful basis for processing your personal data and information regarding your data protection rights can be found on our privacy statement or on the NHS website.
Marriage notice forms
Marriage/Civil Partnership Notices and Witness Details Sheet should be posted with all original documents to the Registration Office in the district where the ceremony has to take place. Visit our Marriage in Scotland page to download forms.
Couples must give the minimum of 29 days notice from when we receive and process your paperwork.
Please contact us on 01563 576695 for further information.
Replacement certificates can still be ordered online from our dedicated website Certificates.Scot or by telephone, if necessary, on 01563 576695.
EU Settlement Scheme
Please note the deadline for most people to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme was 30 June 2021.
If you or your family are from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechenstein, you can still apply if you or a family member were living in the UK by 31 December 2020.
Detailed information is available on GOV.UK: Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.
Information for bereaved families from the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service
The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service is sensitive to the needs of bereaved relatives and appreciate that they may have further questions in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Detailed information is available from their website.
Due to the current situation, we need to put certain measures in place to protect our key workers, families and our wider communities to make sure that we can continue to provide our critical services.
Attendance at funerals
The Scottish Government Strategic Framework sets out the restrictions for each level. East Ayrshire Council is under level 2 which means the maximum number of mourners permitted to attend funeral services, with physical distancing measures in place, is 200 people.
Physical distancing measures include staying two metres apart from other household groups, cemetery staff and others facilitating a funeral service.
Please visit Scottish Government's Strategic Framework to find out more.
Test and protect service
Funerals are subject to Scotland’s Test and Protect service which means funeral directors have to gather minimal contact details from those attending funeral services.
Thank you for your help in gathering this information for NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect service. This measure forms part of the national effort to suppress COVID-19 and support the country to return to a more normal way of life.
Visit the Scottish Government website to find out more about the Test and Protect service.
We recommend that mourners do not ‘shake hands’ at the end of funeral services. We are aware that this is a widely accepted practise however, by avoiding unnecessary contact, we can collectively do our best to reduce the spread of this virus.
We trust that you will appreciate the need for these measures and thank you for your assistance and understanding.
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Book of remembrance
We've also opened an online remembrance book for people to pay tribute to their lost loved ones during this pandemic.