Scotland - Register a Stillbirth
- 1 Procedure
- 2 Required Documents
- 3 Office Locations & Contacts
- 4 Eligibility
- 5 Fees
- 6 Validity
- 7 Documents to Use
- 8 Sample Documents
- 9 Processing Time
- 10 Related Videos
- 11 Instructions
- 12 Required Information
- 13 Need for the Document
- 14 Information which might help
- 15 Other uses of the Document/Certificate
- 16 External Links
- 17 Others
- Go to the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
- Register the stillbirth by completing the form which will be given to you at the Registrar. State all the facts.
- When the registration is complete, the registrar will give you the following, free of charge:
- A certificate of registration of stillbirth for production to the person in charge of the burial ground or crematorium;
- If one of the parents registers the stillbirth and requests it, an extract of the entry in the register.
- If the stillbirth occurs abroad, you should register the stillbirth in accordance with the local regulations in the country concerned and obtain a certificate of the stillbirth. There is no facility available to register the stillbirth with the British Consul in that country.
- The certificate of stillbirth
- The marriage certificate of the child's parents
Office Locations & Contacts
General Registration Unit
National Records of Scotland
New Register House
3 West Register Street
Telephone Number: 0131 314 4452
Directory of Registrars in Scotland: http://www.gro-scotland.gov.uk/files1/registration/reglist.pdf
- A child's mother of father is responsible for registering the stillbirth.
- If any of the two is unable to do so, the following can register:
- any relative of the mother or father, if he is married to the mother, being a relative who has knowledge of the stillbirth
- the occupier of the premises in which the stillbirth, to the knowledge of that occupier, took place
- any person present at the stillbirth
- A father who is not married to the mother can only register the stillbirth 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
- a court declares that he is the father and the mother registers the stillbirth.
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Explain the time until which the certificate/document is valid. e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever
Documents to Use
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- Any stillbirth must be registered within twenty-one days by the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
- A stillbirth can be registered in any registration district in Scotland.
- The address of the local registrar from the hospital, the doctor, the telephone book and the Directory of Registrars in Scotland: http://www.gro-scotland.gov.uk/files1/registration/reglist.pdf.
- The opening hours of registration offices varies between local authorities and some operate an appointments system. You should therefore check with the relevant local authority before attending an office.
- date of stillbirth
- place of stillbirth
- mother's name and maiden's surname
- mother's address at the time of stillbirth
- father's name
- date and place of parents' marriage (if applicable)
- date and place of birth any siblings (if applicable)
Need for the Document
A stillbirth is a baby born dead after 24 completed weeks of pregnancy.
Information which might help
- The parents of the stillborn child has the right to request for the extracts of the stillbirth records.
- The extracts of the stillbirth records are available from National Records of Scotland for a fee.
- The siblings of still-born children may also apply, either with the express consent of a parent, or on their own behalf, where they can demonstrate that their parents are no longer alive.
- You can download the application form for still-birth extract here: http://www.gro-scotland.gov.uk/files2/registration/sb-form-mk2.pdf.
Other uses of the Document/Certificate
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General Register Office for Scotland: http://www.gro-scotland.gov.uk/index.html
Registering a Stillbirth: http://www.gro-scotland.gov.uk/regscot/registering-a-stillbirth.html
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