Registering A Birth
If you or your partner have recently had a baby, you will need to register the birth. By law, your baby's birth must be registered within 42 days of the date of birth.
You can register a birth in any Registrar’s office in Northern Ireland.
|In the Mid Ulster District there are 3 Registration Offices, one in each of the Council offices:
|Cookstown Office, Burn Road, Cookstown
Dungannon Office, Circular Road, Dungannon
Magherafelt Office, Ballyronan Road, Magherafelt
|T: 03000 132 132
The registration offices are open from:
Monday to Friday (the Magherafelt office is closed on Wednesdays)
9.30am to 12.30pm and from 2.00pm to 4.30pm.
All of the registration offices operate an appointment only system.
Registering a Birth
To register a birth you will need to fill in a birth registration form. This form is available at any of the registration offices and you can also download a form here from the 'related documents' section on this page.
You will also need certain information to fill in the form:
- full name, surname and sex of the baby
- date and place of birth
- full names, addresses, dates of birth and occupations of the baby's mother and father.
If you are a married couple, the mother or the father can register the birth.
If you are 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.
If the parents are unable to register the birth, other people who may also do so are:
- 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.
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/debit card, cheque or cash.
Please remember that a registration cannot easily be changed once completed.