Births, deaths and ceremonies


Birth registrations have been suspended until further notice.    

Child Benefit 

If you’re not able to register the birth of your child because of coronavirus, you can still make a claim to receive Child Benefit.

If this is your first child, fill in Child Benefit claim form CH2 and send it to the Child Benefit Office. If you haven’t registered the birth because of Covid 19, add a note along with your claim. 

If you already claim Child Benefit, you can complete the form or add your baby’s details over the telephone on 0300 200 3100. You will need your National Insurance number or Child Benefit number. Find out more. 


Face to face still birth registrations and face to face death registrations have been suspended until further notice.

Following the introduction of the UK Emergency Coronavirus Bill on 26 March 2020, registrars will now undertake death and still birth registrations by telephone. 

During the pandemic period the opening hours for death registrations are;  Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am - 12noon.

Please call Aberdeen Registrars on 01224 522616 to make a telephone appointment.

Burials and Cremations

The Council is restarting services at Aberdeen Crematorium from Monday 11 May. With national social distancing rules for funerals being applied. only a small number of close family or household members can attend, or alternatively a friend if no family are available, to help minimise the spread of coronavirus.

Cremations will continue and may be booked through the normal channels described below.

With regard to burials and/or memorial facilities, initial enquiries to be made by telephone or email; 01224 522485 or e-mail

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your co-operation and understanding.

Find out more about the Scottish Government guidance. 

Find out more about burials and cremations.

Civil/Religious/Belief Marriage and Civil Partnership Ceremonies  

Following advice on the prevention of public gatherings from the UK and Scottish Government, all marriages and civil partnerships will not take place during the pandemic period and will be postponed.  The National Records of Scotland will take advice about when it is safe to lift the restriction. 

Registrars cannot accept any Marriage Notice Forms whilst the above restrictions are in place.

Extension of Validity of Marriage Notice Forms

If a marriage or civil partnership has to be postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, authority has been given for the notice period to be extended without new notices being submitted, providing the marriage is to take place before 31 December 2020.  All fees will be transferred to the new date.

Where a couple has already submitted notice to be married and cannot re-arrange their ceremony to take place by 31 December 2020, new Marriage Notice Forms must be submitted within 3 calendar months of the re-scheduled date. Providing a refund has not been requested, all fees paid will be transferred to the new date and no additional fee will be payable.

Should you wish to cancel a marriage or civil partnership ceremony, please contact the Registrar’s Office as soon as possible on 01224 522616 and you will be entitled to a full refund.

Replacement Certificates  

Request for historical certificates are only be available via our online service at present. Find out more.


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