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Register a birth

Coronavirus update

Last updated: Wednesday 17 June

You can register your baby’s birth at the Registration Office in Belfast City Hall by appointment only.

Please call 028 9027 0290 or email with your contact details to arrange a suitable date and time to complete the registration.

An appointment is essential.

For queries on marriage and civil partnerships or death registrations, please call 028 9027 0455 or email with your contact details and we will contact you as soon as possible.

Opening hours

You can contact the office at the following times:

 Days  Times
Monday to Thursday  9.30am to 4.15pm 
Friday 9.30am to 3.45pm
Saturday and Sunday  Closed 
Public and bank holidays  View holiday arrangements 

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

More information about this is available from the NI Direct website 

A birth can also be registered to two female parents under certain circumstances.

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 nidirect website

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