Registrar of Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships

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Registrars in Scotland are responsible for collecting information about every birth, marriage, civil partnership and death within a local authority area. They record this information and issue documents like birth or death certificates that are needed for legal reasons. With training they can also perform ceremonies such as civil marriages, civil partnerships and citizenship ceremonies.

The Work

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Trainee assistant registrars are on a salary scale of around £16,200 to £17,800 a year. Once qualified, an assistant registrar earns around £18,000 to £20,000 a year.

Registrars can expect to earn around £25,000 a year, while a Principal registrar could earn up to £40,000 a year.


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Registrars are employed by Scotland’s 32 local authorities.

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More Information

According to the National Records of Scotland (NRS) there are currently over 900 registrars employed both by the Registrar General and the 32 local authorities. However some councils employ Civil Ceremony Officers who conduct civil marriages and civil partnerships but who do not require to hold the Certificate of Proficiency in the Law and Practice of Registration.

More information can be found on the Association of Independent Celebrants website.


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