Covid-19 / Coronavirus Information

Births, Deaths & Marriages

Registration services are restricted. Full details below.

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Following the strict new measures introduced by the UK Government on Monday 23 March 2020, including the advice to ‘STAY AT HOME’ the Registration Services offered at Mid and East Antrim Council offices must now be severely restricted.

The new measures include No Weddings, with immediate effect from 24 March 2020.

To comply with the issued ‘STAY AT HOME’ guidance, Council Registration offices in Larne, Ballymena and Carrickfergus will be closed to the public, unless you have a pre-booked appointment with the Registrar.

As far as possible, we are reducing the number of staff attending work to minimise the risk of spread of COVID-19. Our Registrar Team will still be able to answer phone calls and emails but response time may be slower than usual. We would request your patience and understanding at this difficult time.

Offices

Ballymena Office

E: registrar.ballymena@midandeastantrim.gov.uk
T: 028 2563 3179

Carrickfergus Office

T: 028 9335 8224
E: registrar.carrickfergus@midandeastantrim.gov.uk

Larne Office

E: registrar.larne@midandeastantrim.gov.uk
T: 028 2826 2385

Birth Registrations

  • Births do not require registration for 42 days (6 weeks). If you have a new baby, please do not attend the Registrar’s office to register your baby. Instead, contact the Registrar and you will be advised what to do.
  • Re-registration of a birth - please ring or email us and staff will advise accordingly.

Signing up your new baby with a GP practice

The Department of Health have put a process in place to ensure that parents can have their new baby assigned to a GP without the HS123 form which is usually issued by the Registrar.

Parents should contact their GP practice by phone. They will require the following information when they contact their GP practice:

  • Child’s Health & Care Number
  • Full name of the child to be registered
  • Home Address that the child will be residing at

Death and Stillborn Registrations

Legislation has now come into force that will allow death registrations to be carried out without the attendance of next of kin (informant) at the Council Registration office.

Please ring the office or email for guidance on the death registration process for your loved one. The phones are extremely busy but we will respond to any messages which are left. 

We would like to offer our deepest sympathy to anyone that has lost a loved one at this time.

Marriage and Civil Partnerships

It is with regret that all ceremonies are cancelled until further notice, as per instruction from UK Government.

Council are not currently accepting any new marriage or civil partnership bookings.

Please email or phone the Registrar’s Service if you have any queries about marriages or civil partnerships which you would like to discuss with a member of the registration team.

Guidance for Funeral Directors

Legislation has now come into force that will allow death registrations to be carried out without the attendance of an informant at the Council Registration office.

A Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD) or a Certificate of Still-birth can be sent electronically from the Medical Practitioner to the General Register Office (GRO).  GRO will forward this to the Registration Office in the area where the deceased lived.  Registrar will make contact with you and the family to register the death of their loved one.

For all other MCCDs already given to families please arrange to have these along with the completed GRO 73 Death Registration Form (which can be downloaded from www.nidirect.gov.uk) forwarded to Council (by email).  

Thank you for your continued support and assistance.