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Births, Marriages and Deaths

You can find out all you need to know about registering life events on the following pages. If you are registering a birth or death, would like to change your name or add a date of marriage to your child’s birth certificate we can help.

If you are thinking about getting married or entering into a civil partnership we can advise you on the legal preliminaries and should you choose a civil ceremony we will do our best to help make your day special whether the ceremony takes place in the registration office or at any other venue of your choice.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19)

In line with guidance from the Depute Registrar General and the Scottish Government, registration services will be provided in Orkney from Monday 29 June 2020 subject to the following restrictions... more >

Contact Details

You can contact the main office in Kirkwall or any of the home based Registrars who will be pleased to help you further.

Registrars seek to deliver a professional, efficient and sympathetic service, resulting in the accurate recording and preservation of all events of birth, death and marriage.

National Records of Scotland

All information regarding the registration of births, deaths and marriages as well as the forms required for getting married in Scotland can be found on the National Records of Scotland website available from the 'Related Sites' section of this page.

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Related Sites

School Place, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY

Telephone: 01856 873535

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