Renfrewshire Council

Register a birth

Congratulations on the birth of your baby. We can now register births. However, as this service has been suspended since March and due to the backlog of births to be registered, we are doing this in a phased way and in order of birth date.

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Making an appointment

If your baby was born on or before 10 July 2020, call and make an appointment to register the birth.

You can make an appointment by calling 0300 300 0310.

We are available:

  • Monday to Thursday, 09:00 to 15:45
  • Friday 09:00 to 15:00

except on public holidays.

Appointments usually last around 15 minutes. Once your appointment has been confirmed you'll be called back to get further details and tell you where to go and what to do on the day.

In accordance with physical distancing measures and to limit the numbers within the registration area, only those who need to attend should come along to the office, so one or both parents.

If your baby's birth took place outside Scotland, it must be registered in that country. 

When you can register a birth 

To deal with the large volume of births that have taken place since March 2020, we will start registering births in order of occurrence so starting with babies born in March, then April and so on.

Date of birthExpected registration date
Up to 10 July 2020From 29 July 2020
Up to 15 August 2020From 17 August 2020
Up to 31 August 2020From 24 August 2020
From 1 September 2020As soon as possible after birth

Who can register a birth?

If the baby's parents are married to each other, or in a registered civil partnership with each other, either parent may register the birth.

If the baby's parents are not married to each other, or in a registered civil partnership with each other, the mother must register the birth. If the father/parent's name is also to be included on the registration documents, then both parents should attend the registrar's office together. If this is not possible, please contact the registrar for advice.

For more information please visit National Records of Scotland (NRS) - Births

Parental responsibilities and rights

A child's parents are both given equal parental responsibilities and rights if both parents' names appear on the child's birth registration. 

More information is available in the Scottish Government publication 'Family Matters'.

Documents to bring with you

You should bring:

  • the birth registration card issued from the hospital or midwife
  • your marriage or civil partnership certificate if applicable and available
  • your birth certificate(s), if available

Documents that you will receive

Following registration of the birth, you will get:

  • an abbreviated birth certificate, which is issued free of charge
  • a form (EC58) to register your child with a doctor

A full birth certificate can be purchased for a statutory fee of £10.00.


The only method of payment will be at the time of confirming the appointment by debit/credit card.  Registration staff will be unable to accept any payments.

Late arrival

You should aim to arrive in time for your appointment and no earlier than five minutes beforehand. Due to physical distancing measures and to keep everyone safe, we will not be able to accommodate your appointment if you are late and you will need to reschedule. There can be no exceptions to this as we dealing with a very high number of registrations.

Cancelling or rescheduling an appointment

To deal with the backlog of registrations we will have a number of appointments available over the next few months to ensure that we deal with the high numbers as quickly as possible.  If you arrange an appointment and are unable to attend, please ensure that you cancel or reschedule your appointment as this will release for someone else to use. Thank you in advance for your assistance with this.