The Register of Deeds contains original documents. Most commonly wills, leases and minutes of agreement.
QES guidance for customers
Upcoming changes to Register of Deeds
From 1st October 2022, the Register of Deeds will be open to electronic documents signed by qualified electronic signature (QES) (subject to limited exceptions).
There will be an online form for this new service, which will also be available from the 1st of October, through which you will be able to upload electronic documents signed with QES only. Any deeds uploaded over the weekend will be treated as registered on the next working day (usually the following Monday), in line with other RoS digital submission services.
From November you will be able to submit mixed format deeds. If you have a single application that comprises a collection of both wet-ink signed documents and QES signed documents (such as missives or counterpart documents), you must submit the QES signed document first and you will be able to print a confirmation page to submit by post with the wet signed document.
Register a deed
You can register an original paper deed using our Books of Council and Session (C&S 1) form (pdf, 115KB)
You can post your deed to us via DX delivery or Royal Mail.
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Meadowbank House 153 London Road
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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, deeds signed with QES 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.