Registering a Birth

Births must be registered within 21 Days. 

The Registration Office of Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships is based at the Service Desk at 45 John Street. The opening hours of the Service Desk are Monday-Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm.


To enhance the service and reduce waiting times we operate an appointment system for Birth registrations, to make an appointment please telephone 0141 287 7658.

Please note, we will always endeavour to deal with your enquiry, however, if you attend without an appointment and/or later than 4.30pm we may be unable to attend to your request on that day and would therefore offer an appointment for you to return to the office another day.

Please also note, the preferred method of payment at the Service Desk is by Debit/Credit Card.  Registration staff will be unable to accept cash payments. However, you will be able to pay for transactions involving cash/cheque at a separate cash office within the Service Desk.

The office is closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays.

It is the responsibility of the mother or father/parent of the child to attend the Registration Office with the Birth Registration Card and your marriage/civil partnership certificate (if available).

Where the parents are not married to each other or in a registered civil partnership, normally they should attend together if both names are to appear on the birth entry. Alternatively a Statutory Declaration may be made by either parent to enable the birth to be registered on the information of one parent alone. (These forms are available from any Registration Office and must be completed prior to registration).

As a consequence of the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006, where the parents of a child are not married to each other or in a registered civil partnership the father/parent acquires parental rights and responsibilities for the child if the birth is registered jointly by both parents.

If you are in any doubt about this it is recommended that you take legal advice.

An Abbreviated Birth Certificate is issued free of charge. A Full Birth Certificate showing parentage etc. can be obtained for the fee of £10.00 within one month of the registration date.

The fee for extracts requested after one month of registration is £15.00 (includes search fee)

Births that occur in Scotland may be registered at any registration office in Scotland.