Registering a birth

In the Scottish Borders you will need to make an appointment which you can do by contacting any registration office, phoning 0300 100 1800 or by visiting any contact centre or library contact centre.

A birth must be registered within 21 days of the baby being born.

Documents to take to the Registrar's office

  • form issued by the hospital or midwife
  • parent's marriage/registered civil partnership certificate (if applicable)

If the parents are not married to each other they must come together if the father’s name is to go on the birth certificate.

An abbreviated birth certificate will be issued free of charge at the time of registration.

You can purchase a full birth certificate which you need if you require a passport for your baby.


If you require a full extract of a birth certificate this will cost £10 per extract within the first month of registration. Thereafter you will be charged £10 per extract plus an additional £5 search fee, for example one extract will be £15 and any additional extracts requested at the same time will be £10 each.

More information

For more information please visit National Records of Scotland website.

Find your nearest registration office