When should I register a birth?
Any birth which occurs in Scotland must be registered within 21
days by the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages. The
law allows a birth to be registered in any registration district in
Who may register a birth?
A birth must be registered by one of the child's parents. In a
case where the parents are married to each other, only one parent
need visit the registrar and either the mother or father may choose
to register the birth.
Where the parents are not married to each other but both
parents' names are to appear on the birth entry, both parents
should visit the registrar, together, to register the birth.
If either parent is unable to be present at the time of
registration, the parents should contact the registrar, who will
explain how the birth may be registered. If the father's name
is not to appear on the child's birth certificate, the mother
should register the birth alone.
In a situation where the mother has decided to register the
birth alone but both parents later wish the natural father's name
to be added, this may be done at any time in the future. Any local
registrar will explain how this may be done.
Information on who has parental responsibilities and rights for
a child, is available in the Scottish Government publication
Family matters: family law and young people in Scotland (pdf)
What documents should I take to the registrar?
After the birth, the hospital, doctor or midwife will issue a
form containing details of the birth and information about how to
register the birth. This form should be presented to the registrar,
to allow the birth to be registered. If the parents are
married to each other, their marriage certificate should also be
presented to the registrar.
Tell us Once
We also offer a Tell Us Once service, which
allows the Registrar to contact local council services and
government agencies that need to know about the birth on your
behalf. This will save you having to contact them all
What documents will you receive?
After the birth has been registered, the registrar will provide
you with the following documents:
- Abbreviated certificate of birth - issued free of
- Form EC58 (to register your child with your doctor)
- issued free of charge
- Full extracts or certificates of the birth may be obtained on
payment of the current statutory fee.
East Dunbartonshire Council has three registration offices in
Kirkintilloch, Bishopbriggs and Bearsden.
38 Roman Road,
170 Kirkintilloch Road,
2-4 West High Street, Kirkintilloch,
|Telephone: 0141 578 8669
||Telephone: 0141 578 8557
||Telephone: 0300 123 4510
times for Bearsden and Kirkintilloch
||Monday 9am -
12.30pm, 1.30pm - 5pm
Tuesday - Friday 9am - 12.30pm, 1.30pm - 4pm
times for Bishopbriggs
"Due to staff training there is currently a limited
service operating in Bishopbriggs Library. Please call customer
services on 0300 123 4510 to confirm opening times before visiting
the library for registration services. We apologise for any
inconvenience this causes however when training is complete we will
be able provide an enhanced registration service for our customers
in the Bishopbriggs area"