How to register a birth
Tell Us Once - Birth Registration
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When you have a new baby there are a number of government departments and council services that need to be told. Up until now you have had to notify all these departments individually. The Tell Us Once service aims to reduce the number of local and central government departments that new parents have to contact.
Tell Us Once is offered automatically and delivered when you call into the Registrars Offices in Edinburgh to carry out a birth registration. It is an optional service but most people choose to use this service as it saves them time at a stage in their lives when they are busy looking after a new baby.
Who we can give information to:
We can notify the following organisations after you have registered a birth: -
- Child benefit
Employment Support Allowance
Families Information Service
Housing and Council Tax Benefit
Job Seekers Allowance
Scottish Book Trust's
Early Years Programme - Book bug
Information you will need to use the service:
We want to make sure we give the right information to any organsations we contact on your behalf.
Parent(s) National Insurance number
Bank account details for child benefit payments, including full postal address of bank, account number and sort code
Birth Certificate, given at registration of birth
How you can contact us to use the service:
To find out more information on our Tell Us Once service, please contact your nearest registration office: -
Lothian Chambers Registrar's Office, Lothian Chambers, 59-63 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1RN Tel: 0131 529 2600 Email: email@example.com
Leith Registrar's Office, 30 Ferry Road, Edinburgh, EH6 4AE Tel: 0131 529 5520 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kirkliston Registrar's Office, 16 Station Road, Kirkliston, Edinburgh, EH29 9BE Tel: 0131 529 6920
Queensferry Registrar's Office, 53 High Street, South Queensferry, Edinburgh, EH30 9HP Tel: 0131 331 1590
All the information you give us is confidential and will be treated securely. The organisations we talk to will only use the information we give them as the law allows. It is your responsibility to make sure that all information you give us is up to date. If your circumstances change or you realise that the wrong information has been given, you will need to contact the relevant organisations yourself.