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Buy a copy birth certificate

You can get a copy birth certificate from any registration office in Scotland. We can only issue certificates for births registered in Scotland.

A person who has been adopted in Scotland can only get certificates from:

National Records of Scotland
New Register House
Edinburgh EH1 3YT

The fee for a certificate is £15. If you buy a certificate within one month of registration the fee is only £10. After one month of registration the fee will be reduced to £10 if you can produce the full or short certificate at the time of applying. Photocopies are acceptable. 

You do not need to come to the registration office in person to get the certificate. 

You can apply:

  • By phone – you can pay by credit or debit card.
  • In writing – you can pay either by postal order or by cheque (if you apply by post please include details of the address where the certificate has to be posted to).
  • In person – you can pay by cash or by any of the above types of payment.

When you apply you must give the full names of all parties on the certificate along with the date and place of the birth.

Page last updated:
30 Oct 2020

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