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Births, Deaths, Marriages & Civil Partnerships Coronavirus Update

Births, Deaths, Marriages & Civil Partnerships Coronavirus Update

Please note that all our registration offices are closed to the public. An electronic system is now in place to register a death or a stillborn.

Death and Stillborn Registration
The Medical Practitioner who has issued the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death or the Certificate of Stillbirth will forward to the General Register Office.  GRO will then forward details to the Registrar in the District where your loved one lived.  The Registrar will make contact with you, the next of kin or the Funeral Director looking after the burial or cremation.   The Registrar will check details of your loved one so that accurate personal details are recorded.  If you need guidance please ring the office 028 3831 2440 or 02838 31 2441, please leave a message if your call is not directly answered  and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

You can also email us at

We would like to offer our deepest sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your loved one. During this very exceptional and challenging time, staff are trying to manage Death and Stillbirth Registration. We appreciate your patience and assure you that we will look after the registration of your loved one, but it may take a little longer to look after families at this time.  We thank-you in advance for your patience.

Guidance for Funeral Directors

Important Notice
Legislation has come into force that will allow death registrations to be carried out without the attendance of an informant at the Registration office.

A Medical Certificate of Cause of Death or a Certificate of Still-birth must be sent electronically from the Medical Practitioner to the General Register Office  .  GRO will forward this to the Registration Office in the area where the deceased lived.  The Registrar will make contact with you and the family to register the death of their loved one.

For all other MCCDs already given to families please arrange to have these along with the completed GRO 73 Death Registration Form (which can be downloaded from www.nidirect.gov.uk) forwarded to 

Thank you for your continued support and assistance.

Birth Registration 

Birth registration services are currently suspended until further notice. Registration will only take place in the event of the birth and death of an infant.

Note: During this exceptional period, parents will not be penalised if the birth has not been registered within the required 42 days. Parents can continue to register their child at a GP practice to access medical services for their baby during the suspension of the birth registration process.  Parents should be advised that they will require the following information when they contact the GP practice:

  • Child’s Health & Care Number.
  • Full name child is to be registered as.
  • Home Address child will be residing at.

Child Benefit

GRO have agreed a process with the Department for Communities to enable parents to claim child benefit without providing a birth certificate.

When a baby is born, midwives have a legal duty to notify the birth to the registrar. This is done electronically through a ‘notification of birth’ form (CHS1). Each mother is also given a copy of this form.  This is a legal document and during the current situation, this fully completed form will be accepted as supporting evidence of the birth in lieu of the birth certificate.

Mother’s should submit the CHS1 form along with the child benefit application form.  You must retain a copy of the form, as it will be required when birth registrations recommence.

If you do not have a copy of the form, you should contact your midwife and they will be able to provide one.

Weddings and Civil Partnerships

All weddings are now suspended. The suspension includes all weddings in any venue including churches, registration offices and approved venues. For more information visit: https://www.executiveoffice-ni.gov.uk/news/executive-publishes-list-essential-businesses.

  • No new bookings are being taken for weddings or civil partnerships at this time.
  • No Notices of Marriage are being accepted until further notice.

Please note all these arrangements will be subject to regular review and will be adapted in accordance with any changes to local circumstances and regional guidance.