Buy a copy birth certificate

Copies of birth certificates can be obtained from any registration office in Scotland

Certificates cost £15; however, if you purchase a certificate within one month of registration it costs only £10. Beyond one month of the registration the fee will also be reduced to £10 if, at the time of applying, you can produce an abbreviated/full certificate of birth (photo copies are not acceptable).

To obtain a copy certificate you need to give full details of parties' names also when and where the event took place. You do not need to attend the registration office in person to obtain the certificate. 

Applications can be made:

  • By phone - payment by credit/debit card;
  • In writing - payment either postal order or cheque are accepted. (If making a postal application please ensure you give details of the address the certificate has to be posted to)
  • In person - by cash or by any of the above methods of payment.

Certificates can only be issued for events registered in Scotland.

N.B. Birth certificates for adopted children are only available from National Records of Scotland, New Register House, Edinburgh EH1 3YT.

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