Birth Records commence in Ireland from 1864. All Registered Births in Ireland can be requested from 1864 todate. Please note however, that we are not a genealogy service – we provide civil / legal certificates for events that have occurred in Ireland. A maximum of 2 (two) search’s will be carried out per any one request so as we are not a Genealogy service, it is totally incumbent on you to ensure that the information you submit is as up-to-date and accurate as possible.
** Northern Ireland consists of six (6) counties only as follows: Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry (aka Derry) and Tyrone. For Births registered for these 6 Northern Ireland counties after 31/12/1921, with effect from February 2017 we can now provide certificates for events registered in Northern Ireland however, it will take slightly longer to do so.
You can now order Official Irish Birth Certificates / replacement Birth Certs securely online. A Birth Certificate can only be obtained online if the registration of the birth has already been completed in Ireland ONLY. If it is a recent birth, then the new parent/s MUST first attend at their local Births Deaths Marriages Office and formally give the details of their child’s birth before applying for a Birth Certificate. To obtain a first Passport or get a replacement Passport, you will require a Long form Birth Cert (aka a Full Birth Cert).
SEARCH ONLY: If you require a Search to be carried out, you are provided with a copy of the entry into the Registry Book only i.e. an email is sent to you with a scanned copy (if one is available) and not an actual certificate. Please note that a maximum of 2 (two) search’s will be carried out per any one request so as we are not a Genealogy service, it is totally incumbent on you to ensure that the information you submit is as up-to-date and accurate as possible. Furthermore, dependent on the year and/or the amount of information provided, it can take longer to process some search requests.
REGISTRATION: The birth of a child should be registered no later than three months after the birth by a parent / guardian (from 2005, the hospital does not officially register the birth – it is the sole responsibility of the parent/s to do this) as this is now a legal requirement within Ireland before you can order an Irish Long Form Birth Certificate online.
MARRIED / UNMARRIED PARENTS: If a couple are not married and the fathers name is to be included on the certificate, both parents of the child MUST go in together to officially register the birth bringing with them photo ID and their PPS Numbers. If the couple are married, one or both parents may attend and MUST bring in the following documentation; Marriage Certificate, Photo ID and PPS Numbers for BOTH parents.
Births Deaths Marriages are unable to accept applications for Stillborn children. Stillborn registrations are classed as sealed records due to its sensitive nature. The Registrar can provide a certificate of stillbirth at the time of registration only to the parent signing the stillbirths register. Afterwards, the mother or father of the stillborn child can get a certified copy of the entry in the register at the Office of the Registrar-General.
How and where can I register my stillborn child?
In order to register the stillbirth, a “Birth Notification Form” will usually be completed by the hospital staff along with the parents. In the case of a home-birth, a midwife or doctor will do this. The form outlines the information to be recorded in the Register of Stillbirths and will be completed with the parents to ensure that the information to be registered is accurate. This form will be forwarded to a registration office to inform the Registrar that a stillbirth has occurred. In order for the registration to be completed the parent(s) or other qualified informant must attend the Registrar’s office in person to sign the Stillbirths Register.
What Documentation is required?
In order for the stillbirth to be registered the medical practitioner who attended the stillbirth, or examined the baby must give you a certificate stating the baby’s weight and gestational age and the name and address of where the stillbirth took place.
Even if a stillbirth occurred many years ago, it may still be registered. If the stillbirth took place prior to 1st January 1995 specific evidence must be produced to prove that a stillbirth took place. This evidence can take the form of an authoritative statement in writing from the hospital, nursing home or midwife, again stating the date and place the stillbirth occurred as well as the weight or gestational age of the baby.
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