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EU Regulation - Civil Status Documents

The EU Regulation 2016/1191 on simplifying the requirements for presenting public documents is due to take effect on 16 February 2019.

This Regulation is intended to promote the free movement of citizens by making it easier for key civil status documents from one country to be accepted in another without undergoing a formal process of acknowledgment of the document’s official status (known as legalisation).

Documents covered by this regulation include those relating to birth, death, marriage, and nationality.  The Regulation also provides for standard multi-lingual forms to be attached to original civil status documents as translation aids.

To raise awareness about this Regulation, the Scottish Government has distributed a circular among organisations in Scotland that may be affected by this regulation.