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Service Update

From Monday 29th June 2020, you will be able to register the birth of your baby. We’ll have an appointment system in place to ensure families are treated fairly and to allow registrars to work through all the birth registrations. Your patience will be much appreciated during this time. Please see the info below.

Update to our birth registration service from Monday 29th June 2020:

As there’s been nearly 800 babies born in Fife during lockdown, we plan to have a staggered approach to our appointment system, to allow us to work through all the birth registrations.

Our appointment diary will be open from Wednesday 24th June 2020 - please call 03451 55 00 77 to make an appointment. Our appointment line is open Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm.

Please see table below with dates of when your baby can be registered. If your allocated appointment dates are a few weeks away, please wait and call us nearer the time. Please don’t worry; there will be plenty of appointments available. If you miss your allocated appointment dates, you can make an appointment for any of the later dates. Your patience is appreciated.

Baby born

Registration appointments available

week commencing

Before 31st March 2020

29th June 2020

1st to 30th April 2020

6th July 2020

1st to 30th April 2020

13th July 2020

1st to 31st May 2020

20th July 2020

1st to 31st May 2020

27th July 2020

1st to 30th June 2020

3rd August 2020

1st to 30th June 2020

10th August 2020

1st to 31st July 2020

17th August 2020

1st to 31st July 2020

24th August 2020

1st August 2020 onwards

31st August 2020

How the appointment system will work:

  • Appointments will be carried out over the phone with the registrar.
  • Once information for the birth registration has been gathered by phone, the registrar will then make an appointment for you to attend the registration office. This is to to check all the information is correct on the register page, and then to sign the entry for the register.
  • When making your appointment, you will be asked which office is easier for you to attend to sign the register page. We will only have 4 four registration offices open for appointments during this time:
    • Cupar
    • Dunfermline
    • Glenrothes
    • Kirkcaldy
  • If parents are married to each other, either the mother or father can do appointment.
  • If parents are unmarried and the father’s name is to be shown in the register, the registrar will need to speak to both parents during the same appointment. Both parents will also need to sign the register page.

What you will need for your appointment:

  • Birth registration card from maternity hospital or midwife
  • Your birth certificate(s)
  • Your marriage certificate
  • If you were born outside Scotland, it is helpful if the registrar can physically see your birth extract. If you married or registered your civil partnership outside Scotland, it is also helpful if the registrar can see your marriage or civil partnership extract. These can be scanned/emailed to us during appointment.


If some of these documents aren't available, speak to the registrar who will be able to advise you further.

When you register the birth of your baby, you will be issued with:

  • A free abbreviated birth certificate
  • A letter to register your baby with your doctor


Costs
There is no charge to register the birth of your baby. However, if you want a full birth certificate with details of parents, this costs £10 at the time of registration.

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