Orkney Islands Council
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Birth Registration

Now that your baby has been born, you must by law, within 21 days, register the birth with a Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

The law now allows for a birth which occurred in Scotland to be registered at any district within Scotland.

It is the responsibility of the mother or the father, if married to each other, to attend the Registration Office.

If you are not married but your partner wishes to register that he is the father of the baby then he will need either:

  • To be present at the registration of the birth.
  • To complete and sign a statutory declaration. The statutory declaration form is available from any registration office and must be completed prior to registration.

Abbreviated Birth Certificate

An abbreviated birth certificate is issued free of charge at the time of registration and a full birth certificate can be obtained for the appropriate fee.

Documents Required

You will be required to take along to the Registrar the following documents:

  • The birth card or form issued by the hospital at the time of the baby's birth.
  • If the parents are married the marriage certificate, if available.

Documents you will Receive from the Registrar

  • Abbreviated birth certificate which shows the child's name, date and place of birth which is free of charge.
  • Form EC58 containing the child's National Health Service Number which should be submitted to the family doctor.
  • A full birth certificate can be purchased for the statutory fee. This shows details of parentage.

For more information contact the Council’s Senior Registrar, Patricia Breck, on 01856873535.