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Register a birth

By law, your baby's birth must be registered within 42 days of the date of birth. This is free and can be done in any District Registrar's office in Northern Ireland.

Our Registrar's office is located in Belfast City Hall

Our office opening hours are:

 Days  Times  
Monday to Thursday  9.30am to 4.30pm  Last entrance to registration is 4.15pm
Friday 9.30am to 4pm Last entrance to registration is 3.45pm  
Saturday and Sunday  Closed 
Public and bank holidays  View holiday arrangements 

You may also make an appointment by calling 028 9027 0455 or email registrar@belfastcity.gov.uk

How to register a birth

You will need to fill in a birth registration form. This is usually completed by the  person registering the birth (normally the child's mother).

Who can register?

  • The mother or father of the baby, if you are a married couple
  • grandfather or grandmother
  • uncle or aunt
  • occupier of the premises where the baby was born
  • any person present at the child's birth
  • any person who has charge of the child.

In the case of a child born to an unmarried couple, the details of the father may be recorded if:

  • both parents attend and sign the registration form together, or
  • a declaration of paternity is produced

If the couple cannot attend together, call us on 028 9027 0455 for further advice. More information about this is available from the NI Direct website 

A birth can also be registered to two female parents under certain circumstances. As this is complex and personal, we advise you to call a member of the registration staff on 028 9027 0455 for further information.

What will I receive?

Once the birth is registered, you will receive one free short birth certificate and a HS123 infant registration form to help you register with your family doctor and obtain your child's medical card. Additional certificates, either short or full, may be purchased at the time of registration for £8 per copy. You can pay by credit card, debit card, cheque or cash.

More information

The General Register Office, based at NISRA, Colby House, Stranmillis Court, Belfast, BT9 5RR, provides 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


Contact us
Births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships
028 9027 0274
Registrar's office
Belfast City Hall
Belfast
BT1 5GS