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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. If the birth was registered in the last 12 months you must apply to the office where the birth was registered.

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 plus postage. If you buy a certificate within one month of registration the fee is £10 plus postage.  

You can apply:

  • By email - we will contact you for payment.
  • 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).

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

Please note we do not provide a priority service or walk-in service for copy certificates.

We aim to provide your copy certificate within 10 working days.

Page last updated:
16 Apr 2024

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