Getting Married Abroad
I want to register my foreign marriage in Scotland. How do I do this?
Only marriages that occur in Scotland can be registered in Scotland.
Foreign marriages documents can be deposited with this office. Photocopies of these documents can then be obtained for a fee. Details of the marriage would also be included in our marriage indexes. These documents should be deposited via the British Consulate or Embassy in the country where the marriage occurred or retrospectively via the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Alternatively, you may be interested to know about our Book of Scottish Connections (BSC). The BSC is a public record that allows people all over the world, with a Scottish connection, to apply for a birth, death, marriage or civil partnership abroad to be recorded in the BSC held by the Registrar General in Edinburgh.
For more information please see our section on the Book of Scottish Connections
- From 1 January 2014 the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) will discontinue its service of depositing foreign marriage and civil partnership certificates with the General Register Offices in the UK (in Scotland this is National Records of Scotland).
- British nationals overseas will need to make their own arrangements for the safekeeping of these certificates, as they do for other important documents.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office website explains the decision in more detail.