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Important Information

We are able to start registering births again. However, due to the thousands of births to be registered we are doing this in a phased way and in order of birth date.

We are asking parents of babies born after 20 July to make an online appointment.  Once your appointment has been confirmed you'll be sent further details about what to do on the day.

We will register births in person, by appointment only, with physical distancing measures put in place when you come. There will also be limits on the number of people that can attend.

Please read the sections below as it will give you all the information you need about who can come on the day, what to expect, what to bring and help make the appointment as easy as possible.

With new guidance, processes and health and safety measures taking effect, this is a new way of working for the small team of Registrars and we thank the public for their continued support and patience while we restart services in person, continue others online and work hard to prioritising essential work while also catching-up on work that has been suspended for more than three months.

What do I need to do?

Congratulations on the birth of your baby.

Normally births need to be registered within 21 days but during this pandemic emergency that time limit has been suspended. Following Scottish Government guidance Registrars will start to deal with high priority registrations. If the event took place outwith Scotland it must be registered in the country the birth took place.

In Glasgow we operate a strict appointment system for all birth registrations.

How do I make an appointment?

Please allow sufficient time to arrange an appointment.  You can make an appointment by using our online booking system. Appointments are available Monday - Friday (9:00 - 3:30 pm) with the exception of Public Holidays. Appointments usually last 15 to 20 minutes.

In accordance with physical distancing measures and to limit the numbers within the registration area, only those who need to attend the appointment should come along to the office. If you unsure who should attend please see

Who can register a birth

If the baby's parents are married to each other, or in a registered civil partnership with each other, either parent may register the birth.

If the baby's parents are not married to each other, or in a registered civil partnership with each other, the mother must register the birth. If the father/parent's name is also to be included on the registration documents, then both parents should attend the registrar's office together. If this is not possible, please contact the registrar for advice.

For more information please visit NRS - Births

Parental Responsibilities and Rights

A child's parents are both given equal parental responsibilities and rights if both parents' names appear on the child's birth registration.

More information is available in the Scottish Government publication 'Family Matters'.

What documents should I take to the Registrar?

  • The birth registration card issued from the hospital or midwife.
  • Your marriage/ civil partnership certificate (if applicable/available).
  • Your birth certificate(s) (if available).

What documents will I receive?

  • An abbreviated birth certificate, which is issued free of charge.
  • A form (EC58) to register your child with a doctor.
  • A full birth certificate can be purchased for a statutory fee of £10.00.

How do I pay?

The only method of payment at the service desk at the moment is by debit/credit card.  Registration staff will be unable to accept cash payments.

What happens if I am late for my appointment?

You should aim to arrive in time for your appointment (no earlier than 5 minutes beforehand). Due to physical distancing measures and to keep everyone safe, we will not be able to accommodate your appointment if you are late and you will need to reschedule. There can be no exceptions to this as we dealing with a very high number of registrations.

Can I cancel or reschedule an appointment?

When you schedule an appointment, you will receive a confirmation email.  This email also includes instructions where to go on the day and how to cancel or reschedule your appointment. The email also contains additional information on what to expect on the day and the measures we have in place to keep everyone safe.

To deal with the backlog of registrations we will have a number of appointments available over the next few months to ensure that we deal with the high numbers as quickly as possible.  If you arrange an appointment and are unable to attend, please ensure that you cancel or reschedule your appointment as this will release for someone else to use. Thank you in advance for your assistance with this.

Can I register a birth at another registration office?

Birth registrations can be registered at any registration office in Scotland - if your home address is outwith Glasgow or you live nearer another office then you can arrange to register your child there.

Please see contact details for those offices.

Please arrange an appointment with one office only - do not make duplicate appointments as this will lead to further delays.

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