Registering a Birth

Birth Registration by Appointment Only

How to register a birth:

  • Complete the birth registration form and return a photo of it by email to
  • We will contact you 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.


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.

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