Registration service coronavirus updates


Until further notice Leith and South Queensferry registration offices are closed for general registration to the public. For enquiries email

[email protected]

We can now accommodate appointments for all birth registrations regardless of the date your baby was born.

The procedure to register a birth has changed to accommodate physical distancing.

You can

  • only register births at our City Chambers Office
  • book your appointment online to register a birth please ensure that you press the final confirm button to complete the booking – if you do not then the booking will not be confirmed in our diary
  • pre-pay for any full birth extracts you may require.

Births that have taken place in Scotland can be registered in any registration office. 

Attending your appointment

When you attend the office for your appointment there is strict physical distancing. You must arrive exactly at the time given. There is no waiting area.

If you can’t attend the appointment the birth will not be registered. Email [email protected] to arrange another appointment.

If the parents of the baby are not married or in a civil partnership they must come together to the appointment if both names are to appear on the birth certificate. 

What you need to bring to your appointment

You must bring

  • the card from the hospital where the baby was born
  • birth certificates of parents to be registered
  • your marriage certificate, if applicable.

If you don’t have your birth certificates, please bring another form of identification, such as a passport, to ensure accurate recording of your names.

After your appointment

We will issue

  • an abbreviated extract of birth which is free of charge
  • EC58 form for the National Health Service which is free of charge
  • a full extract which you may require which is charged at the statutory fee £10.

Book your appointment 

We would advise you to wear a face covering when you visit the office.