Registering a stillbirth

The stillbirth can be registered in any Registration office in Scotland. In the case of a stillbirth we appreciate that it may be easier for the parent(s) to make an appointment out of hours.

Any stillbirth which occurs in Scotland must be registered within 21 days.

Please contact a registration office to make an appointment.

Documents to take to the Registrar's office

  • the certificate of stillbirth
  • parent's marriage/registered civil partnership certificate (if applicable)

If no certificate of stillbirth is produced the registration may proceed after the informant has signed a form of declaration as to stillbirth.

When the registration is complete

The Registrar will give you, free of charge:

  • a certificate of registration of stillbirth (this is required by the informant of the stillbirth for burial or cremation purposes)
  • if the stillbirth is registered by one of the parents, an extract of the entry in the register can be requested

For further information, including on who can register a stillbirth, please visit National Records of Scotland website.