Register a birth

The procedure to register a birth has changed to accommodate physical distancing, so this is by appointment only.

Births that have taken place in Scotland can be registered in any registration office. If you choose to register the birth in a registration office other than Midlothian, please check that council’s website for details.

Book a birth registration appointment

Email with the following information:

  • Baby's date of birth
  • Mother's full name
  • Email address and contact telephone number.

It is a legal requirement that all births must be registered within 21 days. 

Documents to bring

You should take with you:

  • the card issued by the hospital that has baby's details on it (sex, date and time of birth)
  • parents' birth certificates
  • marriage or civil partnership certificate of the child's parents if applicable

For more information please visit the National Records of Scotland website.