Registration of Births: UPDATE JULY 2022

Registration services have put in place measures for recommencing the registration of births in the Town Hall, BANGOR, by appointment only from 1 July 2021

Please :-
Due to COVID-19 we have a large volume of births to register, therefore we are giving priority to parents who live within the district of Ards and North Down. 

  1. Download, complete and sign the Registration of Birth Form available from NI Direct at Birth registration form | nidirect
  2. Please contact the Registrar on 02891 278001/3/4 to make an appointment.
  3. ENSURE you bring the COMPLETED birth application form to your appointment

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.

The Registrar's offices in Ards and North Down are in the council offices at the Town Hall, The Castle, Bangor, BT20 4BT, telephone 028 9127 8003

Opening hours

  • ​Please note that from 1st September 2017 the Registrar’s Office will be operating an appointment only system.
  • To make an appointment please ring 028 9127 8001 / 003 or 004

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

Birth certificates
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.
Additional certificates
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
Colby House
Stranmillis Court
Telephone: 0300 200 7890
General Register Office website