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Registrars services - Coronavirus

On this page you can view update on registration services during coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Registration of birth

Due to the current travel restrictions announced on 5th August 2020, residents of Aberdeen City should not travel to Aberdeenshire Council offices to attend birth registration appointments. If you have an appointment, please call the registration office to postpone.

From 29th June 2020, registration of birth is reintroduced throughout Aberdeenshire.

The health and safety of our clients and customers is of the highest priority. In order to minimise extended ‘face to face’ contact, the birth registrations process will take place in two halves, beginning with a telephone call where the registrar will collect and verify all relevant information. An appointment will then be made where the parent(s) can visit an office to sign the register page.

Registration offices will be opened on a limited basis only to allow for this essential service to resume. All other enquiries will continue to be handled by telephone.

Please contact your local registration office to discuss registering the birth of your child.

Registration of death

Deaths may be registered via telephone appointment with a registrar. Appointments are available on weekdays between 8:45am to 5pm, and on weekends between 10am to 4pm. To book an appointment, please call your local registration office.

If you are in possession of a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD), please arrange for this to be scanned and emailed to registrars@aberdeenshire.gov.uk.

Please note, your undertaker will be able to advise you on all aspects of the above process. However, should you have any questions relating to registration of death please call your local registration office for immediate assistance.

Registration of marriage and civil partnership

To register you will be required to fill out a notice form as well as an additional information sheet, which you will then need to send to us.

Submission of notices

Marriage and civil partnership notice forms can be emailed to us. Whether you are having a civil or religious marriage you will need to complete and submit marriage notice forms (M10's) (pdf 101KB) together with an additional information sheet (word 59KB).

You will also be required to submit further documentation as detailed in guidance to marriage in Scotland leaflet - RM1 (pdf 72KB).

Copies of the completed forms should be emailed to registrars@aberdeenshire.gov.uk. We will then contact you to arrange payment of statutory fees by phone and to discuss next steps.

Notice period

By law, a marriage ceremony may take place a minimum of 29 days after marriage notices have been submitted. If notices are submitted separately, this 29-day period follows receipt of the second set of notices.

Marriage and civil partnership notices are normally valid for a 90-day period. However, where a marriage or civil partnership is delayed due to coronavirus, registrars have the authority to extend the notice period free of charge. Please contact your local registrar’s office to discuss.

Special dispensation

In very specific circumstances, couples may require special dispensation to be married or civilly partnered within the 29-day period. For more information, please contact your local registrar’s office to discuss.

Civil ceremonies

Couples considering a non-religious marriage ceremony should contact our team directly to enquire about civil marriage. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have, offering experienced advice, guidance and reassurance.

When planning your civil marriage ceremony, you registrar will be happy to meet you by telephone or Skype meeting to discuss the order of ceremony, script and any other personal features designed to ensure that your marriage ceremony is as perfect as can be.

Registrars may officiate civil ceremonies anywhere in Aberdeenshire, subject to risk assessment and compliance with restrictions currently imposed upon marriage ceremonies (see below).

In addition, our team has access to a range of venues located throughout Aberdeenshire which are large enough to accommodate socially distanced ceremonies. To discuss local options and prices please contact your local registrar. 

Ceremony restrictions

Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases detected in Aberdeen City, a period of lockdown has been imposed, with restrictions on all non-essential travel to and from the City. Please contact your local registrar by telephone to discuss any implications this may have for your civil marriage ceremony. This page will be updated with guidance as the position relating to provision of ceremonies is confirmed.

Guidance for ceremonies during the Aberdeen City lockdown

Following the lockdown restrictions imposed on Aberdeen City the National Records of Scotland (NRS) has advised the following:

  • Indoor marriages and civil partnerships should not take place within Aberdeen City
  • Outdoor marriages can continue, as long as the current cap on attendees of 20 people is observed (this cap does not include the celebrant or registrar and any interpreter)
  • In line with a reintroduced 5-mile travel restriction, parties, witnesses and guests should not travel from outside Aberdeen City to attend a wedding or civil partnership
  • Similarly, no one in Aberdeen should travel beyond the city to attend or participate in a marriage or civil partnership ceremony

Restrictions on ceremonies

All religious, civil and belief body ceremonies must comply with a range of restrictions, which are intended to provide for the safety of all persons present.

Couples planning marriage should discuss these restrictions with their chosen ceremony officiant, and with the person responsible for the ceremony venue in order to ensure full compliance.

If you have any doubts at all, please feel free to contact your local registrar who will be happy to offer advice irrespective of the ceremony denomination.

Current general restrictions placed on the provision of ceremonies are as follows: 

  • The maximum number of people allowed to attend a marriage or civil partnership ceremony is 20, this maximum figure applies to all ceremonies, whether held indoors or outdoors
  • There is no limitation on numbers of households that may be present
  • Please note that the above sets marriage and civil partnership gatherings on a different footing from other wider gatherings, where tighter household and number restrictions remain
  • Two metre physical distancing must in place between members of all households (bubbles) throughout the ceremony
  • Ceremonies may only proceed in venues large enough to accommodate two-meter social distancing between each household group (bubble) present at the ceremony
  • Consideration should be given to the safe seating of guests during the ceremony
  • Quarantine rules may apply for some people travelling into Scotland, including for the purpose of attending a marriage ceremony or civil partnership registration, view further guidance on restrictions relating to international travel
  • Any person suspected to have COVID-19 or is self-isolating should not attend ceremonies
  • If either party to marriage, witnesses or anyone else attending the ceremony shows clear symptoms of COVID-19 on the day, the marriage or civil partnership should not go ahead
  • All participants and attendees should practise good hand and cough hygiene before, during and after the ceremony
  • Face coverings can be worn as a desirable, precautionary measure by parties, witnesses and guests at an indoor ceremony 
  • Venues hosting gatherings such as marriages and civil partnerships, including facilities provided by local authorities, will be required to collect minimal contact details from attendees at such gatherings

This information will support NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect service and form part of the effort to suppress COVID-19 and support the country’s return to a more normal way of life.

View the full Scottish Government's guidance for couples planning to get married or form a civil partnership in Scotland.

Citizenship

Group citizenship ceremonies have been cancelled for now. Please contact your local registration office if you wish to enquire about completion of the naturalisation process.