Register a birth

To register a birth, you need to book an appointment to go to a civil registration service. 

You can book an appointment online or by phone. Walk-ins are available in some offices at certain times.

It’s free to register a birth.

To avoid delays, bring all the documents you need to your appointment. Without them, we will not be able to register the birth.

Who can register a birth

Usually a parent or both parents register a birth. 

There are some differences on what you need to do depending on your situation.

Married parents

If both parents are married to each other and the marriage took place in Ireland, either parent can register the birth. Only 1 signature is needed.

If the marriage was outside of Ireland, bring your original marriage certificate. If it is not in English or Irish, a translation can be used but it must be from a certified translation service. We can accept the multilingual form (a form in English and another language) available from most embassies or registration services.

Unmarried parents

If you are not married, both parents must attend the birth registration appointment. 

You both need to bring valid photo ID and sign the birth registration form.

If both parents cannot do this, phone the civil registration service for advice.

Parents who get married after birth

Parents who marry after their child is born should re-register the birth. You will have to contact the civil registration service for a birth re-registration. You can do this even if you recorded the father's details when you first registered the birth.

Divorced parents

If the parents of the child are divorced or legally separated from each other, phone the civil registration service for advice.

If the mother has been previously married, phone the civil registration service to book an appointment.

More than one birth

If you need to register more than 1 birth, phone the civil registration service for advice.

If you are not a parent

If you need to register a birth but you are not a parent of the child, phone the civil registration service for advice.

Stillbirth

If you need to register a stillbirth, phone the civil registration service for advice.

Read about support you can get after a stillbirth

When to register a birth

You should wait 3 weeks after the birth before booking an appointment to register the birth.

You must register a birth within 12 months. If you need to register a birth after 12 months, phone the civil registration service for advice.

Documents to bring to your appointment

Birth registration form

If your child is born in a hospital, the staff will send your baby’s birth notification form directly to the civil registration service. This means you don’t need to bring it yourself.

But if your child was born at home with the support of a healthcare professional, they should give you a signed birth notification form. It must include their registration and PIN. Bring this with you to your appointment.

Download a birth registration form (PDF, 2 pages, 294KB)

Photo ID

Bring a valid photo ID and a photocopy of the photo page for 1 of the following:

  • passport
  • driver's licence
  • refugee asylum card
  • national ID card from a country where it is an accepted form of travel document or a public services card

Marriage certificate - if the marriage was outside Ireland

If the marriage was outside the Republic of Ireland, bring your original marriage certificate. 

If it is not in English or Irish, a translation must be from a certified translation service.

We can accept the multilingual form (a form in English and another language) available from most embassies or registration services. 

Page last reviewed: 24 March 2022
Next review due: 24 March 2025