Registering a birth

Where and when to register a birth

Any child born in Scotland must be registered within 21 days. We cannot register births which did not take place in Scotland.

Please bring the card you are given by the hospital or doctor when you register the birth.

Appointments will be carried out at the registration office at Council Offices, Almada Street, Hamilton ML3 0AA 

In accordance with physical distancing measures and to limit the numbers in the registration office only those who need to attend the appointment should come along to the office. It is now mandatory to wear a face covering when attending the registration office unless an exemption applies to you.

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 and an EC58 form for the National Health Service free of charge. 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 - payment must be by card. 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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Phone: 0303 123 1015
Email: Registration Services