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Registering a birth

Any child born in Scotland must be registered within 21 days. Bring the card you are given by the hospital or doctor with you when you come to your appointment. We cannot register births that did not take place in Scotland.

There are five Registration Offices in South Lanarkshire. You can make an appointment online and your confirmation email will give you more information about the process.

Who can register a birth?

If the parents of the child are married to each other or in a registered civil partnership either can register the birth. If possible, bring your marriage or civil partnership certificate with you.

If the child’s parents are not married to each other or in a registered civil partnership with each other, the mother must register the birth. If you want both parents names included on the birth certificate then both parents should attend to register the birth.

If this is not possible please contact the Registration Office for advice.

How much does it cost?

You'll get one abbreviated birth certificate free. The abbreviated birth certificate will show the child’s name, sex, date and place of birth. If you wish a full birth certificate which also shows the parents details the cost is £10. You’ll need your child’s full birth certificate when registering your child for nursery or school.

If you require copy birth certificates please see our page on Copy certificates for births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships.

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Registration Services

Phone: 0303 123 1015
Email: Registration Services