Registering a Birth

How to register a Birth

When and where can I register a Birth?

A birth must be registered within 21 days of it's occurrence

If the birth took place in Scotland it must be registered in any Registration Offices in Scotland.

Please note, it is not necessary to book an appointment to attend our Livingston or Bathgate Registration Offices to register a birth (Monday-Tuesday 9.00-4.30p.m. Wednesday 9.00am - 3.00pm. Thursday-Friday 9.00-4.30 p.m.) however if you wish to attend our Broxburn Office, please call either 01506 281894 or 01506 282196 to arrange an appointment.

Please avoid all offices between 12.30pm-1.30pm as we may have to close for lunch.

Who can register a birth?

If the parents are married to each other, either parent may attend however you must bring your marriage certificate.

If the parents are not married,

  • Both parents must attend so the father/parents name can be recorded in the register.
  • The mother can register the birth herself.

Please contact the Registrar for advice, if both parents cannot attend together.

What documents do I need?

  • The hospital will issue you with a birth card.
  • If applicable the parents marriage certificate.
  • If not married the parents birth certificates if available.

Choosing a Name

The National Records of Scotland publish an annual list of the most popular boys and girls names.

Once the Birth is registered

There is no fee to register a birth. After registration the Registrar will issue

  • An EC58 form - This is required to register the baby with an NHS doctor at your local surgery.
  • An abbreviated birth certificate.

A full birth certificate purchased at the time or within one month of registration will cost £10.00. Thereafter £15.00.