Where a birth can be registered
If a birth occurred in Scotland, it may be registered in East Ayrshire.
If a birth occurred in any other country but the parents live in Scotland, the birth would have to be registered in the country of occurrence.
Birth registrations can be done face to face or remotely (over the telephone), there is no need for parents to come to the Burns Monument Centre if it is not convenient for them. Please note any remote birth registration documents will be posted first class.
Making an appointment
All registration business is conducted by appointment. Please contact the office where we will take your details and arrange for you to attend in person to sign the register page and collect your documents. If you would prefer to carry out the registration remotely we can arrange for this also.
Registering the birth
A child's mother or father/parent has a duty to register the birth (if married to each other). In the case of the death or inability of the mother or father/parent the following persons can register the birth:
- any relative of the mother or father/parent, if he or she is married to or in a civil partnership with the mother, being a relative who has knowledge of the birth
- the occupier of the premises in which the child was, to the knowledge of that occupier, born
- any person present at the birth
- any person having charge of the child
A father who is not married to the mother can only register the birth and be named in the register as the father if:
- he jointly signs the register with the mother
- he and the mother sign declarations (these are available from the registrar) that he is the father; or
- a court declares that he is the father and the mother registers the birth
A woman who is not married to, or in a civil partnership with the mother, can only register the birth and be named in the register as parent if the provisions of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 apply to them and:
- she jointly signs the register with the mother
- she and the mother sign declarations (these are available from the registrar) that she is the parent; or
- a court declares that she is the parent and the mother registers the birth
Registration is free and an abbreviated extract of birth is also given free at the time of registration. A full certificate purchased at the time of registration or within one month of registration will cost £10.00. Any certificate outwith one month of registration will cost £15.00.
We accept card payment by debit/credit card only.
A naming ceremony is a very special way of celebrating the birth of your child as well as welcoming the new arrival into the family and the wider community.
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