Civil registration

Republic of Ireland

Country Report: Civil registration Last updated: 25/05/23


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The Civil Registration Service, operating under the Health Service Executive, maintains all records of births, deaths and marriages in the State.[1] With respect to registration of births it is legally required in Ireland that all births that take place on the territory of the State are registered with the local Registrar’s Office within three months of the birth taking place.[2] The mother of the child will be provided with a “Birth Notification Form” at the hospital where the birth took place before being discharged and the parents must then proceed to the Registrar’s Office to complete the registration. A valid photo ID (such as a passport or temporary residence card, in the case of international protection applicants) must be provided. Information on the birth registration process is available in a number of languages, including Arabic, Chinese and French.[3]

For a marriage to be considered legal in Ireland, the relevant Registrar’s Office must be notified, in person, at least three months in advance of a marriage taking place, irrespective of whether or not that marriage is a religious or civil ceremony. The same procedural requirements apply to beneficiaries of international protection as to Irish citizens.




[1] Civil Registration Service, information available at:

[2] ibid.

[3] Civil Registration Service, Translated Information:

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