Register a birth

How to register a birth

You need to make an appointment at one of our offices to register the birth of your baby. You have 21 days to do this.

Book a birth registration appointment

If the parents of the baby are not married or in a civil partnership with each other they must come together to the appointment if the fathers name should appear on the birth certificate.

City Chambers

The Quadrangle
253 High Street

0131 529 2600


30 Ferry Road,
Edinburgh, EH6 4AE 

0131 529 5520

South Queensferry

53 High Street,
South Queensferry, EH30 9HP

0131 331 1590

Documents to bring

Please bring the card from the hospital where the baby was born and your marriage and birth certificates, if you have them.

If you do not have your birth certificates please bring another form of ID to ensure accurate recording of your names. 

We will issue

  • abbreviated extract of birth which is free of charge
  • EC58 form for the National Health Service which is free of charge
  • full extract which you may require which is charged at statutory fee.

The attached registration privacy notice tells you what happens to personal information when a life event is registered.

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