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Register a birth

Coronavirus update

We are unable to register births at this time. This is subject to review.

You will need to register the child’s birth when the birth registration service resumes.

Enrol your child for GP access 

You can continue to enrol your child to access medical services at your GP practice, without needing an infant registration card (HS123 form). 

You need the following information when you contact the GP:

  • Your child’s health and social care number, this is in the red book from the hospital.
  • Your child's full name.
  • Home address where your child will live.

Claiming child benefits

Midwives will issue mothers with a copy of a ‘notification of birth’ form (CHS1).

During coronavirus, this fully completed form will act in lieu of the birth certificate.  

Mothers should submit the notification of birth (CHS1) form along with the child benefit application form.  Please keep a copy of the form as you will need it when birth registrations resume.  If you do not have a copy of the form, you should contact your midwife and they will be able to provide one. 

Opening hours

Our office opening hours are:

 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
Belfast
BT1 5GS