How to register a birth

You have 3 weeks (21 days) to register your baby’s birth at any registrar's office in Scotland.

Our office is situated in Marischal College on Broad Street. The office is open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm. 

If the baby's parents are married to each other or are in a registered civil partnership, only one parent needs to attend the office in order to register the birth.

If the parents are not married to each other and are not in a registered civil partnership, they must both attend the registrar's office in order to have a father/parent named on the birth entry. 

If the birth is registered solely by the mother, the father/parent’s details will only be shown if a statutory declaration has been signed in the presence of someone who can administer oaths or if a court has declared that a person is the father/parent of the child.
 

You will need to bring along the notification given to you by the maternity hospital or midwife that shows the baby's details.
It is useful to us if you also bring the following documents with you:

  • Your marriage or civil partnership certificate, if appropriate. 
  • Your birth certificates or passports, if possible.
  • We will give you an abbreviated birth certificate showing the baby's name, date and place of birth.  This is free of charge and can be used to send with your child benefit application. 
  • An EC58 form which you will need to give to the GP practice your baby will be registered with.
  • A full birth certificate showing the parent's names can be purchased for £10. This is optional, but it is needed for passport applications.
     

When you have a new baby there are lots of things that must be done such as telling government departments and council services about the birth. 

Depending on where you live, our Registrars can help. Our Tell us Once service allows you to provide the Registrar with additional information, which will then be passed on to other council services and government departments, such as the Department for Work and Pensions, Jobcentre Plus, library services, Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit or Working Tax Credit.

Please note: For the Registrar to notify HRMC Child Benefit, a completed child benefit form is required at the time of registration. 

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