Births, Marriages and Deaths & Citizenship Ceremonies

Last Updated Thursday, 04 February, 2021 02:04 PM

All Comhairle Offices remain closed to the public and are not able to offer face to face appointments until further notice.

After legislation passed by the Scottish Government, the following changes have been made to Registration Services during this period.

Marriage and Civil Partnership

The Western Isles is now in Level 4 (Lockdown).

Currently, wedding ceremonies/civil partnerships are restricted to the following.

Wedding ceremonies and civil partnership registrations can only take place with a maximum capacity of 5 people (including the couple, the witnesses and the person conducting the ceremony, 6 if an interpreter is required), provided the venue’s capacity allows for 2 metre physical distancing.

Wedding or civil partnership receptions cannot take place.

All attendees must maintain a safe distance of 2 metres between people not in the same household or extended household.

Face coverings must be worn by those attending a wedding or civil partnership, except for the couple and the person conducting the ceremony.

To enquire about a wedding or civil partnership ceremony please complete the Marriage Enquiry Form (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) so that we can advise you.

Births

We ask parents to complete the Birth Registration Booking Form (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) in the first instance and we will contact you to arrange the registration.  If you have a query about registering your baby’s birth please email us on registrars@cne-siar.gov.uk.

Child Benefit

For further information about Child Benefit please see the GOV.UK website. (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

Deaths

Death Registration will continue to be completed via a ‘remote’ appointment with the next of kin (or other person dealing with this), using phone and/or email to agree the details to be recorded.

We will contact you once we receive the certificate from the doctor to explain the process and arrange with you to complete the registration.  If you have any questions about registering a death, please email registrars@cne-siar.gov.uk or alternatively you can contact your nearest office by phone.

The Tell Us Once (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) service which can help you notify local council and government departments (without needing to send any death certificates) is still available and we will explain how to access this service.

Citizenship Ceremonies

Registrars are now able to arrange British Citizenship Ceremonies for candidates who have received their ceremony invitation from the Home Office.

If you have received your letter inviting you to arrange your ceremony, please email registrars@cne-siar.gov.uk with the following information:

  • Your Full Name 
  • Your Home Office Reference Number 
  • The date you received your letter from the Home Office  
  • The date by which your ceremony must be completed (this is in your letter)
  • Your contact telephone number.

We will contact you to arrange your ceremony as soon as we have an available appointment.

If you have applied for Citizenship but have not yet received your ceremony invitation letter – or have any queries about your application – please email Citizenship.Support@homeoffice.gov.uk

Requests for Extracts/Certificates

Due to changes to the systems available to registrars we are currently unable to offer our normal service of producing copy certificates for birth, deaths and marriages throughout Scotland.

If a copy certificate is required urgently please send your request with details of the name, date and place of registration by email registrars@cne-siar.gov.uk

We are required to contact National Records of Scotland to check for any amendments before we can produce any local certificates.

For any events registered in 2020 (and in some cases 2019) certificates can only be obtained from the district where they were registered. So we are not able to provide certificates for these births, deaths or marriages registered outwith the Western Isles.

Please note: the issue of certificates as part of the process of registering a death is unaffected and additional copies can be posted out on request.

There is a fee of £10 for events registered in the last month and £15 after that. Payment can be made online (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) (or by phone) once we have confirmed we can fulfil your request. Certificates will be sent by second class post.

Contact Us

Birth Registration Booking Form (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

Marriage Enquiry Form (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

To contact a member of the Registration Team, please e-mail registrars@cne-siar.gov.uk

Alternatively, you can contact a registrar for the following areas:

Stornoway & Lewis: 01851 822620

Harris: 01859 502367

Uists & Benbecula: 01870 602425  

Barra: 01871 810431