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Registering a Birth

Registering a Birth

Guidance issued by the Registrar General for Scotland on Phase 2 of the Route map through and out of the COVID-19 crisis

Birth registration has resumed in Scotland.

Registration offices were closed for the registration of births between March and the end of June 2020. Offices have now re-opened for birth registrations.

Parents who have not already done so should contact their local registration office (528 KB PDF) to make an appointment to register their child’s birth. Local registration offices may in some areas still have a backlog of births to be registered but they are working to ensure that all births are registered as quickly as possible

In some districts, the registrar may simply make an appointment for you to call in to the office to give information for the registration, and sign the register page. If either parent was born outside Scotland, it is helpful if the registrar can see their birth extract. If you married or registered your civil partnership outside Scotland, it is also helpful if the registrar is able to physically see your marriage or civil partnership extract.

In other districts, you may be asked to give the following information for registering your child’s birth by phone in advance of an appointment:

1. Contact details, including your telephone number and/or e-mail address
2. Information about the child’s birth, such as the date, time and place of birth
3. Information about the parent(s) to be shown in the birth entry. If either parent was born outside Scotland, it is helpful if the registrar can physically see their birth extract. If you married or registered your civil partnership outside Scotland, it is also helpful if the registrar can see your marriage or civil partnership extract.

Once information for the birth registration has been gathered by phone, the registrar will make an appointment for you to attend the registration office to check all of the information is correct on the register page, and to sign the entry for the register.