Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships
Due to essential maintenance the Registration Office in Downpatrick will be closed from 12 noon on Friday 16 October 2020 and re-open on Monday 19 October. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Registration of a Birth: By Appointment Only
An appointment only birth registration service will resume from Monday 1 June 2020.
- Complete the Birth Registration Form GRO4 and email a scan/photograph of it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will then contact you to arrange an appointment.
- Plan for one parent only to attend for a birth registration appointment where the parents are married. Where the parents are unmarried both are required to attend for joint registration.
- .Do not bring your baby/babies and/or other children with you to your appointment.
Due to limited waiting space late appointments cannot be accommodated nor can any customers who have not made an appointment.
In line with government guidance please do not attend your appointment should you or a family member display any symptoms of COVID-19. Please cancel your appointment and we will be happy to rearrange for you at an alternative suitable time and date.
Registration of a Death or Stillbirth
Where a person dies:
If you need any advice in relation to registering a death or stillbirth please email email@example.com or telephone 033 0137 4041.
Marriage/Civil Ceremony Restrictions from Monday 19 October 2020
Please be aware that your marriage/civil partnership ceremony must be conducted under the current NI Executive restrictions. In all instances outlined below, social distancing rules must be adhered to.
- Marriage and civil partnership ceremonies at a registration office or approved venue will be limited to 25 people.
- Can take place at a person’s home if one of the parties is terminally ill with up to 10 people in attendance (this includes the couple, two witnesses and the officiant).
- No mixing of households is permitted at a private dwelling therefore it will not be possible for a ceremony to be held indoors as the registrar would not be permitted to enter the premises.
- Outdoor gatherings at a private dwelling (including the garden of the dwelling) is restricted to six people from two different households. Children aged 12 and under from those two households are discounted from this total. If all other participants at the ceremony are not from the same household the ceremony cannot proceed as the registrar can be the only person from a separate household.
NOTE: In all instances outlined above social distancing rules must be adhered to.
Religious same sex marriage will be lawful in Northern Ireland from Tuesday 1 September 2020.
Email Notice forms and relevant documents to firstname.lastname@example.org or post notice forms and photocopied documents to the Registration Department at Newry Town Hall, Bank Parade, Newry, BT34 1DQ or Downshire Civic Centre, Ardglass Road, Downpatrick, BT30 6GQ.
Please do not post original documents. Payment can be made by cheque, payable to Newry Mourne and Down District Council, or card payment by phoning 033 0137 4041.
If you need any advice in relation to your wedding, please email email@example.com or telephone 033 0137 4041
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The Registrar registers births, deaths, marriages and performs marriages and civil partnerships in the Newry, Mourne and Down district.
Council Registration Offices
Monday to Friday: 9am-4pm
Closed for lunch: 12.30pm - 2pm
To make an appointment please contact:
|Oifig An Iúir||Oifig Dhún Pádraig|
|Newry Office, Town Hall||Downshire Civic Centre, Downshire Estate|
|Bank Parade||Ardglass Road|
|Newry BT35 6HR||Downpatrick BT30 6GQ|
|Telephone: 0330 137 4041||Telephone: 0330 137 4041|
|Email: firstname.lastname@example.org||Email: email@example.com|
Copies of Certificates
The local registration offices will only be able to provide certificates of births, still births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships at the time of registering the event. To obtain copies of certificates, you can apply:
By phone: 0300 200 7890 within UK & NI or +44 300 200 7890 outside NI
By post: Application forms available at any registration office
In person: The General Register Office, NISRA, Colby House, Stranmillis Court, Belfast, BT9 5RR
Unfortunately, the Registrar cannot help with genealogical enquires, but anyone who has family history questions may wish to contact the General Registrar's Office on 0300 200 7890 or log onto to www.nidirect.gov.uk/gro for further information.
What Is The Purpose Of Registration?
The records provide positive information about individuals and are used for many legal and administrative purposes (for example; National Insurance, education, transfer of property, employment, or obtaining a passport).
They provide valuable statistics including fertility rates and population estimates. The statistics are published yearly in the Registrar General Annual Report.
A ‘Birth Registration’ form is filled in by the person registering the baby. A registration cannot be easily changed once completed.