General Register Office for Northern Ireland
The General Register Office for Northern Ireland (GRONI) is located within the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency and is responsible for:
- the administration of marriage and civil partnership law
- the registration of births, deaths, marriages, civil partnerships and adoptions
- the maintenance of registration records
- the production of birth, deaths, marriage, civil partnership and adoption certificates on request
The General Register Office for Northern Ireland (GRONI) public search room has reopened with a limited service.
Visitors must book their appointment in advance – appointments will be between 9.30 am and 12.30 pm or 1.00 pm and 4.00 pm.
Access will be limited to one person per booking.
Booking will be limited to a maximum of three visits per week per person or company.
No visitors will be allowed to enter the building without an appointment.
A number of changes to GRONI services will be in place to make sure of the health and safety of staff and the public.
All visitors must agree to follow the guidance contained in the public search room protocol document they will receive at the time of booking.
Appointments may be subject to change or cancellation at short notice due to the current COVID-19 situation.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the public office remains closed. You can apply for life event certificates by phone on 0300 200 7890 or online ordering life event certificates
Monday to Friday from 9.30 am to 4.00 pm (excluding public, bank and all Northern Ireland government holidays).
How to get here
The 8A and 8D Translink Metro buses run regularly from Belfast city centre, Donegall Square East and Great Victoria Street to the Stranmillis area. You should get off the bus at Stranmillis Mews opposite Riddel Hall, and it is a short walk to Colby House.
Metro timetables are available on the Translink website .
For those coming by rail, Colby House is a 15-minute walk from the City Hospital or Botanic stations. Rail timetables are also available on the Translink website.
If you are coming by car, there are several spaces allocated for GRONI customers.
Access to the car park is via the barrier controlled access adjacent to the piazza. Visitors can contact the reception staff within Colby House by pressing the call button on the barrier post. Reception staff can then raise the barrier boom remotely.
Access for visitors with a disability
Designated accessible parking bays are provided in the visitors' car park for visitors with a disability. The office is wheelchair-friendly, with no steps, a low-level counter with knee recess, and an accessible toilet. There is also an induction loop system for those with hearing difficulties.
If you would like to enquire about accessibility, make a specific request or provide feedback on your experience, contact GRONI using the details above.