Following the strict new measures introduced by UK Government on Monday 23 March 2020, including the advice to ‘STAY AT HOME’ the Registration Services offered at Ards and North Down Borough Council offices must now be severely restricted.
Registration of Births
Birth registration services are suspended from Tuesday 24 March for 3 weeks – this is subject to review.
Note: During this exceptional period, parents will not be penalised if the birth has not been registered within the required 42 day period.
Parents can continue to register their child at a GP Practice during the suspension of this process. They will be required to supply the following information when they contact the Surgery;
* Child’s Health & Care Number (Issued by the hospital at birth)
* Full Name the child is to be registered as
* Home Address the child will be residing at
By law all births in Northern Ireland must be registered. You must register your baby's birth within 42 days of the date of birth. You can register a birth in any registrar's office in Northern Ireland.
Registrar's offices in Ards and North Down are in the council offices at:
- Town Hall, The Castle, Bangor, BT20 4BT, telephone 028 9127 8003
- 2 Church Street, Newtownards, BT23 4AP, telephone 028 9182 4003
- Please note that from 1st September 2017 the Registrar’s Office located at Bangor Castle and Church Street, Newtownards will be operating an appointment only system.
- To make an appointment at Bangor Castle please ring 0300 013 3333 ext. 40784
- To make an appointment at Church Street, Newtownards please ring 0300 013 3333 ext. 40720
Registering a birth
To register a birth, you need to fill in a birth registration form.
You 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
When registering a birth, it is important to give accurate information as a registration cannot be easily changed later.
Family members or other people who can register the birth
The following people can register a child's birth:
- the mother or father of the baby – if you are a married couple
- when a child is born outside marriage, the name of the father can only be recorded in the entry of birth if both parents attend and sign the registration together. If the baby’s mother or father cannot attend together, contact the registrar for advice
- maternal grandmother, grandfather, aunt or uncle of the baby who has knowledge of the birth
- occupier of the premises where the baby was born
- any person present at the birth
- any person in charge of the child
Once the birth is registered, you will receive one free, short birth certificate and a HS123 infant registration form. You'll need this form to register your child with a family doctor and obtain your child's medical card. You can buy full birth certificates at the point of registration. Each certificate costs £8.00. You can pay by credit/debit card, cheque or cash.
You cannot buy additional birth certificates from the registrar's office at any time after registration. You can only buy these from the General Register Office in Belfast. An additional certificate costs £15.00.
General Register Office
Telephone: 0300 200 7890
General Register Office website