With 4,285,323 people - 97% of the electorate - registered to vote, a historically high turnout is expected.
early on Friday morning.
Ballot papers will be counted in each of Scotland's 32 local authority areas. These will include votes cast from the 789,024 postal vote applications, which was the largest volume of registration for postal votes ever in Scotland.
After votes have been tallied, the counting officer in each area will communicate the result to the chief
counting officer Mary Pitcaithly in Edinburgh.
Once the results from all 32 local authority areas are known, Ms Pitcaithly will declare the result of the
referendum at the Royal Highland Centre outside Edinburgh.