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Northern Ireland - Register a Birth

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  1. In order to register a birth, a birth registration form must be completed by the person registering the birth (usually the mother).
  2. Provide the following information like: the full name of the baby, gender, date of birth, full names of the parents, address and occupation, district and place of birth of the baby.
  3. Submit the completed form to any District Registration office in Northern Ireland.
  4. Once the registration is completed, the Registrar will issue one free short birth certificate and an Infant Registration Card (HS123) to register with the family doctor and obtain a medical card.

Note: a birth registration cannot be easily changed once completed.

Additional copies of birth certificates

You may purchase additional copies of the birth certificate, either short or full, from the Registrar at the time of registration for 8 per copy.

After the registration, copies of birth certificates can be purchased from the General Register Office at a fee of 15 for the first copy and 8 for each additional copy purchased at the same time.


Required Documents[edit]

  • A Birth registration form filled in by the person registering the birth (usually the mother)

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety
Castle Buildings

Phone number 028 9052 0500
Email address [email protected]

General Register Office for Northern Ireland
Oxford House
49 - 55 Chichester Street

Phone number: 0300 200 7890
If calling from outside Northern Ireland: 028 9151 3101
Fax 028 9047 5746
Email address [email protected]

Contact details for councils in Northern Ireland



The following may register the birth of a child:

  • For married couples, either parent can register the birth on their own.
  • In the case of a child born to an unmarried couple, the name of the father may only be recorded in the entry of birth if both parents attend and sign the registration together or a declaration of paternity is produced.
  • An unmarried father who registers the birth of his child jointly with the child's natural mother, and has his name recorded on the birth registration form, acquires parental responsibilities for children born on or after 15 April 2002.
  • For female couples in a civil partnership, either parent may register the birth. Where the female couple are not in a civil partnership, the mother must register the birth and the name of her partner may only be registered if the partner satisfies the agreed female parenthood conditions as set out in the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008. In this case both parents must attend and sign the registration together.
  • Others:
    • the child's grandmother
    • grandfather
    • uncle or aunt of the baby who has knowledge of the birth
    • any person present at the birth
    • any person having charge of the child or
    • the occupier of the premises where the baby was born


Explain the fees structure which is required for obtaining the certificate/document.


Explain the time until which the certificate/document is valid.
e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever

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District Registration Offices

The District Registrars Offices are responsible for the registration of all life events in Northern Ireland. They are based in council offices and are employees of the local authority. For registration purposes District Registrars are under the instruction and authority of the Registrar General.

District Registrars in Northern Ireland

You must register the birth of a child in Northern Ireland within 42 days. A baby may be registered in any District Registration office in Northern Ireland.

Required Information[edit]

  • Full name of the baby - you can register your child's name in any language providing you use any unicode character
  • Sex and date of birth of the baby
  • District and place of birth of the baby
  • Full names and dates of birth of parents
  • Full addresses and occupations of the parents


Need for the Document[edit]

Following are procedures on how you can register a birth in Northern Ireland.

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Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

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e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

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