Registering a Birth
When and where should I register?
By law, your baby’s birth must be registered within 42 days of the date of birth.
If the birth took place in Northern Ireland it can be registered in any District Registration Office within Northern Ireland.
What will I receive?
Once the registration is completed, the Registrar will give you one free short birth certificate and an infant registration form (HS123) to register with your family doctor and obtain your child’s medical card. Birth certificates, either long or short, can be purchased at the time of registration for £8 per copy.
The Registrar’s Office can also provide help and advice about the following issues:
- re-registering a birth, for example, if you want to add the father’s name after the initial registration
- recording name changes.
Detailed information about all these topics is available from the NI Direct website.