Renfrewshire Council

Register a birth

To register a birth in Renfrewshire you can make an appointment online or speak to our Customer Service Centre.


Who can register a birth?

If the parents are married to each other or in a civil partnership, a birth can be registered by either parent.

If the parents are not married to each other, and the father's name is to be registered, he must attend with the mother.

If the birth is registered by the mother alone, the father's details will not appear on the birth certificate, unless, he signs a legal deceleration in the presence of a Councillor, Justice of the Peace or notary public.


When to register a birth?

A birth must be registered within 21 days. In exceptional circumstances (for example, if the mother is ill or the father is unavailable), a short postponement can be arranged.


Where to register a birth?

A child born in Scotland can be registered anywhere in Scotland.

In Renfrewshire, we register births at our Paisley, Renfrew and Johnstone offices. Please book an appointment online or over the phone.


What do I need?

  • Full name and surname of the child;
  • sex, date, place and exact time of the child's birth;
  • mother's full name, maiden surname (if applicable), occupation and date of birth;
  • father/second parent's full name, occupation and date of birth (if applicable);
  • date and place of parents' marriage (if applicable);
  • parents' marriage certificate (if applicable); and
  • a notification card from the hospital detailing exact date and time of birth.


What will I receive?

  • An abbreviated birth certificate; 
  • a document to allow you to register the child with a GP (Form EC58); and
  • if desired, a full birth certificate is available at a charge of £10.
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