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  1. Go to the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
  2. Register the death by completing the form which will be given to you at the Registrar. State all the facts.
  3. When the registration is complete, the registrar will give you the abbreviated extract (i.e. excluding parentage details) of the birth entry, for free. Note: A full extract of the birth entry can be obtained for a fee.


  • If a birth occurs abroad, you should register the birth according to local regulations in the country concerned and obtain a birth certificate.
  • You can also register the birth with the British Consul in that country for a fee but it is not an obligation to do so. A record of the birth will be sent to Scotland and you will thereafter be able to obtain a copy from New Register House.


Required Documents

  • The card issued by the hospital
  • The marriage certificate of the child's parents

Office Locations & Contacts

General Registration Unit
National Records of Scotland
New Register House
3 West Register Street
Telephone Number: 0131 314 4452

Directory of Registrars in Scotland:



  • A child's mother or father is responsible in registering the birth.
  • If any of the two is unable to do so, the following can register the birth:
    • Any relative of the mother or father, if he is married to the mother, being a relative who has knowledge of the birth
    • The occupier of the premises in which the child was, to the knowledge of that occupier, born
    • Any person present at the birth
    • Any person having charge of the child.
  • A father who is not married to the mother can only register the birth and be named in the register as the father if:
    • he jointly signs the register with the mother
    • he and the mother sign declarations (these are available from the registrar) that he is the father
    • a court declares that he is the father and the mother registers the birth.


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  • Any birth must be registered within twenty-one days by the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
  • A birth can be registered in any registration district in Scotland.
  • The address of the local registrar from the hospital, the doctor, the telephone book and the Directory of Registrars in Scotland:
  • The opening hours of registration offices varies between local authorities and some operate an appointments system. You should therefore check with the relevant local authority before attending an office.

Required Information

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1. Date of Birth.
2. City or County of Birth.


Need for the Document

Every born child in Scotland must be registered. The information below is the process on how to register a birth in the country.

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External Links

Registering a Birth:
General Register Office for Scotland:



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