Essential Maintenance - Monday 18th October 2021

This site will be undergoing essential maintenance from 23:00 BST on Monday 18th until 06:00 BST on Tuesday 19th October 2021.

The site will be unavailable during this time and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Coronavirus Update - Limited Phased Restart of Select Search Room Services

As a result of changes to Coronavirus restrictions by the Scottish Government, NRS has re-opened the Historical and ScotlandsPeople search rooms in Edinburgh with a reduced number of seats to all customer groups from 21st September. The Legal search room remains closed until further notice.

The Historical and ScotlandsPeople search rooms have strict COVID-19 safety measures in place and face coverings must be worn (exemptions available) - see our "Safe Visit Agreement" for more information.

Any customer wishing to visit the ScotlandsPeople search room must Contact us and select the category ‘Seat Booking ScotlandsPeople Centre’. We will email you to confirm whether a seat is available. We are working to release an online seat booking system.

We are open strictly by appointment only.

Other on-site services remain closed, but customers may continue to order certificates using the ‘Certificates and copies’ tab, Monday to Friday between 9am and 4.30pm (excluding public holidays).  We have removed our priority ordering channel and collection option.  We will do our best to complete orders as soon as we can however this may not be within our usual timescales.

As always we will continue to respond to online enquiries but we may not be able to give as full or as complete answers as usual.  Further information on the status of our services is available here.

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