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Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships



Due to the latest government restrictions on non-essential travel, we are suspending our birth registration service for the next three weeks with immediate effect from Wednesday 25 March 2020. The situation will be reviewed after that period.

The General Register Office (GRO) has been in contact with the Department of Health to agree a process to ensure that parents can continue to register their child with their GP without the HS123 registration form.

For parents registering their child at a GP practice during the suspension of the birth registration process, the following information is required:

1. The child’s Health and Care number.
2. The name of the child to be registered.
3. The home address where the child will be residing.

For any further queries, please email registration@nmandd.org or telephone 0330 137 4041.


In light of the government’s current restrictions on non-essential travel and social distancing, the Northern Ireland Executive has issued a list of essential businesses and confirmed that no weddings are to take place with immediate effect.

Although it specifically mentions churches and weddings, this also covers Registration offices and approved venues. Please click here for further details. 

With immediate effect, we are therefore no longer able to facilitate weddings at our own or any external venues and cannot currently accept bookings for weddings.

This situation will be kept under ongoing review in line with government guidance.
We appreciate that this is a very upsetting time for those who had planned weddings and we will work with you to facilitate alternative arrangements once normal service has resumed. Thank you for your co-operation.

For all Coronavirus information please click here to go to our dedicated page.


The Registrar registers births, deaths, marriages and performs marriages and civil partnerships in the Newry, Mourne and Down district.

Changes to our Registration Services

As from 1 May 2019, the Registration Offices for Births, Still Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships in Downpatrick and Newry will operate an appointment system.

Council Registration Offices

Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday: 9.30am – 12.30pm and 2.00pm-4.00pm

Closed for lunch: 12.30pm - 2.00pm

Contact Us

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: registration@nmandd.org Email: registration@nmandd.org

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:

Online: www.nidirect.gov.uk/gro

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

Family History

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.