Essential Maintenance - Friday 30th July 2021

This site will be undergoing a brief period of maintenance at 13:00 BST on Friday 30th July 2021.

It is not expected, but at this time the site may be unavailable for a period 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 restricted service.  The Legal Search Room remains closed until further notice.

The Historical Search Room has re-opened with limited capacity, and the ScotlandsPeople search room has re-opened for business users only.  Both 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 one of the search rooms must book a seat using the Contact Us form.  Please note, as stated above, that at this time the ScotlandsPeople search room is only open for customers with a business need.

Other on-site services remain closed, but customers may continue to order certificates using the ‘Certificates and copies’ tab.  Certificate ordering will be available 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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