Getting through a pregnancy is hard work. The thought of having to register the birth and Child Benefit whilst dealing with a whole new life experience can be overwhelming. Here at Babysteps, we wanted to direct you to some helpful information and links that might make this all a little simpler.
Once your baby is born you will need to register the birth. You can do this in your local health centre in the office of the Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths. You need to do this no later than 3 months after the date of birth. The hospital where the baby was born will forward a Birth Notification Form (Form BNF/01) to the Registrar informing them that the birth occurred. It outlines the information to be recorded in the Register of Births but it’s not enough.
In order to register the birth, you will need to go to the Registrar’s office. Some offices require you to make an appointment. Always ring ahead to check opening times as places vary and they do close for lunch.
You will need photo identification like a passport or driving licence as well as both parents Personal Public Service Numbers (PPS Number). Only one parent need attend is they are in a recognised marriage.
It’s important to check the details when you are with the Registrar. Ensure that names are spelt correctly and the dates are accurate.
Mistakes can be rectified but it’s a pain having to go back and go through the whole process again. The cert can’t be amended unless there is a valid reason to do so. If there is need to change, check out the General Registrar’s website here
(Link). It’s €20 for a certificate and you can pay with credit and debit cards. In our next blog, we will talk about applying for Child Benefit which is paid by the Department of Social Protection.
For more information on registering your birth visit www.citizensinformation.ie Or www.welfare.ie