Register of Deeds

The Register of Deeds contains original documents. Most commonly wills, leases and minutes of agreement.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Register of Deeds is now open to submissions via DX delivery service and PO Box.

We can only accept payment by direct debit or post-payment invoice. Cheques are not currently being accepted.

You can:

Register a deed

You can register a deed using our Books of Council and Session (C&S 1) form (pdf, 115KB)

Post your deed to us, or hand deliver, at our Edinburgh office.

The registration of a deed takes up to three working days. For the issue of extracts, it’s up to 15 working days.

Registration is voluntary. There’s usually no legal requirement to register deeds.


It costs £20 for the registration of a deed and issue of an extract in the Register of Deeds.

The cost goes up by increments of £20 + VAT for each additional extract.

Search the register

If you have a business user login, you can search the register using ScotLIS.

If you don’t have an account, you can order deeds from the register.


You can read detailed guidance on the Register of Deeds including fees, signatures, and the C&S 1 application form.

See guidance on how the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax relates to registers in the Books of Council and Session.


About the register

The register’s full name is the Register of Deeds and Probative Writs in the Books of Council and Session. Its origins lie in the mid-1500s.

The Register of Deeds is one of three registers that comprise the Books of Council and Session.

The other two are the Register of Judgments and the Register of Protests.

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