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.
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.
253 High Street
0131 529 2600
30 Ferry Road,
Edinburgh, EH6 4AE
0131 529 5520
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.