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Registering a Birth

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Congratulations on the birth of your baby.

All births in Scotland must be registered within 21 days.

If the event took place outwith Scotland it must be registered in the country the birth took place.

In Glasgow we operate an 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 with the exception of Public Holidays.

The office is located at:
Service Desk
45 John Street
Glasgow
G1 1JQ

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 preferred method of payment at the service desk is by debit/credit card.  Registration staff will be unable to accept cash payments; however, you will be able to pay for transactions involving cash/cheque at a separate cash office within the service desk.

What happens if I am late for my appointment?

You should aim to arrive at the Service Desk in time for your appointment.  If you are late we may not be able to accommodate you, and your appointment will be rescheduled.

Can I cancel or reschedule an appointment?

When you schedule an appointment, you will receive a confirmation email.  This email also includes instructions on how to cancel or reschedule your appointment. 

We only have a limited number of appointments that we can offer each day.  If you arrange an appointment and are unable to attend, please ensure that you cancel or reschedule your appointment.

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