Registering a Birth

Watch them Grow

We are delighted to launch our ‘Watch Them Grow’ initiative.  This joint initiative between the Registration and Biodiversity teams will help to celebrate the arrival of new life in the District with a packet of sunflower seeds being presented to mark each new birth in Fermanagh and Omagh.  Sunflowers, just like a baby, need to be nurtured to grow and become strong.  They’re also great for the local wildlife, the flowers are beneficial to bees and other pollinating insects.  Sunflowers are often regarded as symbols of hope and happiness, as is the birth of a baby.  Please see link below to the official press release.

 ‘Watch Them Grow’ press release

How to grow your sunflowers

Step 1   Take any small pot, fill with compost, level, and firm gently.

Step 2   Make a small hole in the soil and place seed pointy side up.

Step 3   Slightly cover the seed and water.  Place indoors on a sunny windowsill.

Step 4   Seed should germinate within 3 – 5 days. When seedling reaches 2 weeks old it can be placed outdoor preferably near a wall or fence in a sunny spot.

Step 5   Place a stick beside the stem of the seedling and regularly tie as the growth progresses.

Step 6   Watch, water, grow and measure.

Remember to send us photographs of your sunflowers.

Birth Registration by Appointment Only

How to register a birth:

  • Complete the birth registration form and return by email to
    Either complete the birth registration form electronically and return to the above email address,
    or complete the hard copy, (which is usually provided in the bounty pack from the hospital), take a photo and return to the above email address.
  • You will then be contacted by phone, within 5 working days, to arrange an appointment.

Prior to arriving for your appointment, please note the following:

  • One parent can complete a birth registration if the parents are married.  Both parents must attend for a joint registration.
  • It is preferable that only parents attend the appointment.
  • Due to limited waiting space, it is essential to be on time for an appointment.
  • Full birth certificate/s (£8.00 per certificate) can be obtained at the time of the registration. Please make payment by card if possible.
  • If possible, please wear a mask.

In line with government guidance please do not visit our offices if you or a family member display any symptoms of COVID-19 or are waiting on COVID-19 test results.

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.

More information

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.


File Type Size Date
Birth Registration Form 2020 pdf 3 MB 17th January 2020
Type in GRO 4 REGISTRATION OF A BIRTH pdf 1 MB 11th June 2020

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