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Northern Ireland - Register a Still Birth

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  1. In order to register a still birth, the child's parents must provide a certificate signed by a registered medical practitioner (or registered midwife) who was present at the still-birth or has examined the body of the still-born child.
  2. Provide the following information like: the full name of the still born, gender, date of still-birth, full names of the parents, date of birth, address and occupation, district and place of still-birth.
  3. Once the registration is completed, the Registrar will issue a still-birth certificate free of charge.

Certified copies of still-birth certificates

The mother or father (if named on the certificate) can apply for a certified copy of the certificate. If the parents are deceased or unable to make an application, another family member can apply, providing their reason for application. The application will be considered and a decision made on a case-by-case basis.

The cost of a certificate is 15.00, or if two or more copies of the same certificate are applied for at the same time the first copy will be charged at 15.00 and any additional copies at 8.00 each.

To perform a search of the registers, the fee is 7.00 for each five year period or part of it. The results of the search will be sent to the applicant in a letter. A certificate can be issued when an additional 8.00 fee is paid.


Required Documents[edit]

  • A certificate signed by a registered medical practitioner (or registered midwife) who was present at the still-birth or has examined the body of the still-born child.

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



Either the mother or father of the still-born child (if they are a married couple) can register. However, if the parents are not married to each other, the name of the father may only be recorded if the father attends and signs the registration or if a declaration of paternity is produced. The following people may also register the still-birth:

  • the grandmother, grandfather, uncle or aunt of the still-born child
  • any person present at the still-birth
  • any person having charge of the still-born child
  • the occupier of the premises where the still-birth took place


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Documents to Use[edit]

Still-birth certificate application form


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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

A still-birth may be registered within one year of the date of the still-birth.

Required Information[edit]

  • Full name of the still-born child
  • Sex and date of the still-birth
  • District and place of still-birth
  • Full names and dates of birth of the parents and full addresses and occupations of the parents


Need for the Document[edit]

It is not a legal requirement to register a still-birth. But, many parents see this as an opportunity to have a formal record of their still-born child. Registering a still birth may be done within one year of the date of the still-birth.

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

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Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

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