We try to keep this process as simple as possible

Your doctor or midwife will give you a certificate of still-birth to hand over to the registrar.

  • You may wish to contact your nearest office in advance to make an appointment to meet with the registrar.
  • A still-birth occurring in Scotland must be registered in Scotland, within 21 days and may be registered at any registration office in Scotland.

Registration is free

A certificate of registration of stillbirth will be issued at the time of registration.

A full extract of the still-birth entry can also be obtained.

Please contact any of our offices for advice.

Parents information is required, including details of full name/s and date/s of birth. If the parents are married to each other, the date and place of marriage will also be required.

It would be helpful if any applicable birth or marriage certificates are produced to the Registrar if available.

Who can register a still-birth

  • If the parents of the child are married to each other, either parent can register the still-birth.
  • The mother should register the still-birth if the parents are not married to each other.
  • Only in very special circumstances can the registration be performed by someone other than the parents of the child.
  • Where the parents are not married to each other and the father is acknowledging paternity, he should attend the registration office with the mother.
  • If the father acknowledges paternity but is unable to attend the registration office his details can still be recorded. He will need to complete a statutory declaration for the mother to hand over to the registrar. The registration can take place once the mother has signed a declaration in the presence of the registrar.
  • If the mother is unable to attend the registration office and the parents are not married to each other, the father needs to hand over a statutory declaration signed by the mother to the registrar. The registration can take place once the father has signed a declaration in the presence of the registrar.

Last updated: Friday, September 17, 2021 12:36 PM