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Registering a birth

You need to register a child born in Scotland within 21 days. You can register the birth at any registration office in Scotland by making an appointment.

Who can register a birth

Either parent can register the birth if they are married.

The child's mother will need to register the birth if the parents are not married. The father has to be there if his name is going to be added to the birth certificate.

How to register a birth

You should make an appointment at one of our registration offices by calling 030 33 33 3000.

You'll need to bring a few things along to your appointment with the registrar:

  • a birth notification card from the hospital
  • your name(s)
  • your date(s) of birth
  • your marriage certificate (if appropriate)

Birth certificates

You get one copy of the abbreviated birth certificate free when the birth is registered. You can also buy a full birth certificate for £10 within one month of registering.

A birth can also be re-registered at a later date to get an updated certificate if:

  • details weren't included for both parents
  • the parents have married since the birth was registered
Page last updated: 06/02/17