You will need to register the birth of your child no later than three months after his or her birth. Registration is a legal requirement in Ireland, but you will also need a birth certificate to enrol your child in school, to apply for a passport and for many other purposes.
A birth may be registered in the office of any Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths, regardless of where it took place. The staff of the hospital where your child was born or your local health centre will be able to tell you where you can register the birth.
If the birth of your child was a result of Donor Assisted Human Reproduction (DAHR), click here
How to register a child’s surname which is not that of the parent(s)
In certain circumstances you can register a surname for your child which is not the same as your own.
The mother and father/parent (where applicable) should complete the form below
There is no fee charged for the registration of a birth, or for re-registration to include a parent's details. There is a fee of €5 for insertion or alteration of a forename. Fees are charged for Birth Certificates.
A birth certificate is issued for social welfare purposes at a reduced cost. Evidence it is for social welfare purposes is required, such as a note from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.
The fees for a certificate are:
€20 for a full standard certificate
€1 for a copy for social welfare purposes (letter from Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection required)
€4 for an uncertified copy of an entry in the Register
€10 to have a certificate authenticated (only available from the General Register Office)
How to apply
for information on how to apply for certificates.