Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships
The local District Registrar is responsible for registering births, deaths, still births, marriages and civil partnerships, as well as issuing authorities for forthcoming marriages, performing civil marriages, issuing certified copies and providing general information about this service to the public. This service is provided or overseen by the General Register Office (GRO).
All births occurring in Northern Ireland must be registered within Northern Ireland. You will require proof of the birth for various purposes including claiming child benefit and registering your baby with a doctor. A birth must be registered within 42 days from the date of birth. A ‘Registration of a Birth’ form must be filled in by the person registering the birth. You can register a birth at any Registrars Office within Northern Ireland.
All deaths occurring in Northern Ireland must be registered within Northern Ireland. You will require proof of the death for various purposes. A death should be registered no later than five days from the date of occurrence except where the matter has been referred to the Coroner. In order to register a death you will need a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death form issued by a doctor who has treated the deceased within 28 days before the date of death. If the deceased had not been seen by a doctor within that period or where the death was not caused by natural illness the case would have to be referred to the Coroner – the Registrar or Funeral Director will advise you. You can register a death at any Registrars Office within Northern Ireland.
Marriages and Civil Partnerships
All couples getting married within Northern Ireland, albeit a civil or religious ceremony, must give notice of their marriage to the Registrar or Deputy Registrar in the district in which the marriage is to take place by completing a Marriage Notice Application Form.
If you are planning a Civil Partnership within Northern Ireland, you must give notice to the Registrar or Deputy Registrar in the district in which the Civil Partnership is to take place by completing a Civil Partnership Application Marriage Notice Form.
Contact the local Registrar for information.
Registration of all Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships strictly by appointment only.
Elaine Gilmour – Deputy Registrar
Donna Hanlon – Deputy Registrar
Neill Wilson – Deputy Registrar
Bridgewater House, 25 Castlewellan Road, Banbridge. Co Down BT32 4AX
T: 028 4066 0614