Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice

Registration

*Updated 24 November*

Registering a birth

Appointments will be carried out at the registration office at Council Headquarters, Almada Street, Hamilton ML3 0AA. You can book an appointment on the Registering a birth page.

Arranging a civil ceremony

The maximum number of people allowed to attend the ceremony will be in accordance with Scottish Government guidance. This guidance is subject to change and you will require to confirm the proposed number of people attending prior to the date of the ceremony.

From 5 January 2021 the maximum number of people attending a marriage or civil partnership has been limited to 5. This includes the couple, the witnesses and the person conducting the ceremony. If an interpreter is required the number will increase to 6 people. This depends on the size of your venue as 2 metre physical distancing is required.

New rules on face coverings

You and your guests will require to wear a face covering within the venue unless an exemption applies.
 
Couples are exempted from the requirement to wear a face covering during the ceremony provided that there is a distance of at least two metres maintained between the parties and any other person or alternatively a partition between the parties and any other person.
If the registrar is content that existing restrictions, such as those on numbers in attendance, physical distancing and guests wearing face coverings indoors, are being properly observed, the registrar may agree to the couple removing their face covering during the ceremony.
Children under the age of five are not required to wear a face covering.

For couples who require to submit marriage/civil partnership notice forms (within three months of the date of marriage/civil partnership and no less than 29 clear days):-

National Records of Scotland has authorised registration offices to accept and process marriage/civil partnership notice forms. Our offices remain closed to the public at present however notice forms for ceremonies taking place within South Lanarkshire can be posted to Licensing and Registration Services, Floor 11, Council Offices, Almada Street, Hamilton ML3 0AA together with the supporting documents. Please make sure you provide a daytime contact phone number with your documents to allow us to contact you for payment.

Before the marriage/civil partnership schedule is issued we will require to see the original documents. An appointment will be made for you to attend the Council Offices, Almada Street, Hamilton ML3 0AA to collect the schedule and to check the documents. It is now mandatory to wear a face covering when attending the registration office unless an exemption applies to you.

Ceremonies postponed due to COVID-19

If your ceremony has been postponed due to the health pandemic and you wish to arrange a new date you will not need to submit new marriage notice forms if the date is this year and no additional fees for notices will be due. If the date is in 2021 you will need to submit new marriage notice forms no less than 29 clear days from the date of marriage however no additional fees will be payable.

To arrange your civil ceremony please contact our booking centre on 01698 454781 or email civilceremonies@southlanarkshire.gov.uk

Please do not hand deliver notices and documentation as they will not be accepted.

Registering a death

We are now carrying out death registrations remotely which means we can complete the registration over the phone. No face-to-face appointments will take place

To register a death the GP or hospital doctor, if the death occurred in hospital, you will need to email the Medical certificate of cause of death (Form 11) to the Registrar where you intend to register the death. It would be helpful if the contact details of the informant, for example, family member or funeral director, could be included with the Medical certificate. If contact details are not included then the you will have to contact the Registration office. 

The GP or hospital doctor should post the original MCCD to the registration office.

When we receive the MCCD the registration process can start. We may need to contact you more than once to complete the registration process. Deaths no longer need to be registered within 8 days.

If you intend to register the death in South Lanarkshire, the MCCD should be emailed to registration@southlanarkshire.gov.uk

The original MCCD should be posted to Licensing and Registration Section, Floor 11, Council Offices, Almada Street, Hamilton ML3 0AA.

Please do not send the MCCD to several registration offices. 

If you have a registration enquiry then please call 01698 453792/454023 during the following hours:

  • 8.45am-4.30pm Monday to Thursday
  • 8.45am-4pm on Friday
  • 9am-1pm Saturday

Registering a Still Birth

We are now carrying out still birth registrations remotely which means we can complete the registration over the phone. No face to face appointments will take place

To register a still birth the midwife or hospital doctor will require to email the Medical certificate of cause of still birth (Form 6) to the Registrar where you intend to register the still birth. It would be helpful if the contact details of the informant could be included with the Medical certificate of cause of still birth. If contact details are not included you will have to contact the Registration office. 

The midwife or hospital doctor should post the original Medical certificate of cause of still birth to the Registration office.

When we receive the Medical certificate of cause of still birth the registration process can start. We may need to contact you more than once to complete the registration process. Still births no longer need to be registered within 21 days.

If you intend to register the still birth in South Lanarkshire, the Medical certificate of cause of still birth should be emailed to registration@southlanarkshire.gov.uk

The original Medical certificate of cause of still birth should be posted to Licensing and Registration Section, Floor 11, Council Offices, Almada Street, Hamilton ML3 0AA.

Please do not send the Medical certificate of cause of still birth to several registration offices. 

If you have a registration enquiry then please call 01698 453792/454023 during the following hours:

  • 8.45am-4.30pm Monday to Thursday
  • 8.45am-4pm on Friday
  • 9am-1pm Saturday

More information on our regular services can be found at these links, but please note that the above information applies in all cases until further notice: