How to Register a Birth?
By law, all babies born in Northern Ireland must be registered within 42 days of the date of birth. This is free and can be done at any Registrar’s Office in Northern Ireland, regardless of the district of birth or the mother’s usual address.
Registering a birth in Armagh is very simple and no appointment is needed.
Monday to Thursday – 9.30am to 12.30pm and 2.00pm to 4.30pm
Friday: 9.30am to 12.30pm and 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Who can register a birth?
It is the primary responsibility of the mother or father (if a married couple) to register the birth. If this is not possible, the following people can register the birth:
- grandmother or grandfather
- aunt or uncle
- 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
What information do I need to bring?
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 or father). You do not need to bring any documentation with you.
Birth Registration Form
You will also need to provide the full name, surname and sex of the baby, the date and place of birth and the full names, addresses, dates of birth and occupations of the baby’s mother and father.
Please note that a registration cannot easily be changed once completed.
What will I receive?
When the birth is registered, you will receive one free short birth certificate and an 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 or £14.00 thereafter.
The Registrar’s Office
Armagh City and District Council
The Palace Demesne
Tel: 028 3752 9615
Fax: 028 3752 9617