When and where to register a birth
A birth must be registered within 21 days of its occurrence. In special circumstances, the registrar can postpone this.
If the birth took place in Scotland it can be registered at any registration office in Scotland, by appointment.
Who can register a birth?
The mother or father/parent of a child can register a birth, as long as they're married to each other.
If the parents aren't married, the mother should either:
- register the birth herself
- bring the father/parent with her so their name can be recorded in the register
If both parents can't attend together, or if you need another relative to register the birth, contact the registrar for advice.
What documents do I need?
The baby's birth card issued by the hospital. This has the child's date, time and place of birth on it.
If applicable, the parents' marriage certificate.
Once the birth is registered
There is no fee to register a birth. The registrar will issue the following free of charge:
- an abbreviated birth certificate
- a Form EC58 – use this to register your baby with a NHS doctor
Birth certificate copy fees
For a full certificate, up to 1 month after the birth: £10
Please note: there is an additional £1 administrative charge for postage.
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