Questions and Answers

What certificates can be purchased on this site?

Who can buy certificates on this website?

What do I need to apply for a certificate?

Can I register on this site to use it again?

What is involved in a Civil Registration Service Online transaction?

What kind of browser do I require to view this site?

How can I be sure that my Laser or credit card details are secure?

How will I receive the certificate?

How soon can I apply to buy a certificate?

I have a question about an order, how can I contact the Civil Registration Service?

I would like to order a certificate in Irish, how do I do this?

I would like to do research however the dates you cover here are limited, where can I find out more?

 

 

 

 

 

 

What certificates can be purchased on this site?

The records available are outlined below.

While some older records are available where you have adequate information, this covers limited dates. If you wish to carry out research click here or contact the local Civil Registration Service Office

All certificates are a standard format - where in the past 'long' and 'short' form certificates were available, since 2003 all certificates contain a standardised amount of information and would be the equivalent to what was previously called a 'long form' certificate.

Records available for purchase on this site:

  • Births:

Births registered in the Republic of Ireland from 1922 - present.
Births registered in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland from January 1864- December 1921.

  • Adoptions

Domestic adoptions registered with the Office of the Registrar General

  • Marriages:

Marriages registered in the Republic of Ireland from 1922-present.
Marriages registered in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland from January 1903- December 1921.

  • Deaths:

Deaths registered in the Republic of Ireland from 1921 - present

  • Still-births

Still-births registered with the Office of the Registrar General

 

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Who can buy certificates on this website?

The registers of Births, Deaths and Marriages are public records, and where sufficient relevant information is given by the applicant, a copy of a certificate can be purchased for a statutory fee.

This means that you can purchase a certificate relating to any birth, death or marriage registered within the times stated above, if you provide sufficient information relating to the event. You do not need to be related to or connected to the parties to purchase the certificate.

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What do I need to apply for a certificate?

The first page is for the applicant details, these are the name and address to which the certificate(s) should be posted, along with the email address and phone number if possible. The applicant must agree to the terms and conditions before selecting the first certificate they would like to purchase - please note there will be an opportunity to purchase other records in addition later on.

Check below to see the information required for various certificates, i.e.:

 

Birth

  • First name(s) and surname(s) of the person as registered
  • Date of birth (there is a checkbox which should be selected if the applicant is not sure of the exact date and has chosen an approximate date)
  • Gender
  • Father's full name (first name(s) and surname(s)
  • Mother's first name(s) and birth surname(s)
  • The number of certificates required

Adoption

  • First name(s) and surname(s) of the person as registered
  • Date of birth (there is a checkbox which should be selected if the applicant is not sure of the exact date and has chosen an approximate date)
  • Gender
  • Father's full name (first name(s) and surname(s)
  • Mother's first name(s) and birth surname(s)
  • The number of certificates required

 

Still-birth

  • First name(s) and surname(s) of the person as registered
  • Date of still-birth (there is a checkbox which should be selected if the applicant is not sure of the exact date and has chosen an approximate date)
  • Gender
  • Father's full name (first name(s) and surname(s)
  • Mother's first name(s) and birth surname(s)
  • The number of certificates required

 

Marriage

  • First name(s) and surname(s) of husband
  • First name(s) and surname(s) of wife (if these changed after marriage, please ensure the surname submitted was that prior to marriage)
  • Date of marriage (there is a checkbox which should be selected if the applicant is not sure of the exact date and has chosen an approximate date)
  • Place of marriage (please include the full name and address of church/registration office etc.,.)
  • The number of certificates required

 

Death

  • First name(s) and surname(s) of the deceased person
  • Date of death (there is a checkbox which should be selected if the applicant is not sure of the exact date and has chosen an approximate date)
  • Place of death (name of street, hospital, home, town where the person passed away)
  • Former residence of deceased (where the person lived)
  • Age of deceased person when they passed away
  • The number of certificates required

 

 

 

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Can I register on this site to use it again?

It is not possible to register to use this site, however you can make a number of individual transactions and they will be processed.

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What is involved in a Civil Registration Service Online transaction?

You will be asked to:

  • Confirm certain details of the life event you wish to get a certificate for
  • Confirm your name and address for delivery
  • Enter your card details for payment.

If the application is successful you will receive a transaction code which you can check. Staff of the Civil Registration Service will then make a search based on the information you supplied and when they find a record a certificate is issued by normal post. We aim to ship within 10 working days, typical postage within the Republic of Ireland takes a further 2-3 working days, overseas varies depending on national postage systems.

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What kind of browser do I require to view this site?

This site is optimised for Netscape 4 and above, or Microsoft Internet Explorer Version 5 and above. The latest versions of these popular browsers can be downloaded from the Netscape or Microsoft websites.

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How can I be sure that my Laser or credit card details are secure?

To ensure the security of your credit or Laser card information when you pay using this site, we use Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology. Laser and credit card information is not retained on this site, rather it is securely transferred to a Secure Data Processor. For information about security and privacy on this site, please see our Privacy Statement.

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How will I receive the certificate?

Certificates are posted using normal post, no responsibility is taken for items which go missing en route. The length of time it takes before delivery varies depending on the search and duration of postage. We aim to ship within 10 working days.

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How soon can I apply to buy a certificate?

The birth, death or marriage must be registered before you apply to buy a certificate, this means that:

  • in the case of a birth the parents should have attended in person to register at a Civil Registration Office
  • in the case of a death, a relative through blood or marriage or another qualified informant should have attended in person to register at a Civil Registration Office
  • in the case of a marriage the Marriage Registration Form should have been submitted to the Civil Registration Service

When the life event has been registered you can apply to buy a certificate if you have the required information and pay the statutory fee. 

 

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I have a question about an order, how can I contact the Civil Registration Service?

We would be delighted to help you, please ensure you have the details of your order before you contact us at: 01 8638200 between 9:30am-4:30pm Monday to Friday.

 

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I would like to order a certificate in Irish, how do I do this?

Please click here to go to the website of the Office of the Registrar General where you can download a form in Irish.

 

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I would like to do research however the dates you cover here are limited, where can I found out more?

If you wish to carry out research click here or contact the local Civil Registration Service Office.

While some older records are available where you have adequate information, this covers limited dates.

Where information is limited about the life event it is more likely that you will find the record if you carrry out research rather than applying online.

 

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