General Register Office for Northern Ireland

The General Register Office for Northern Ireland (GRO) is located within the Northern Ireland Statistics & 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.
Colby House
Stranmillis Court
Phone: 0300 200 7890 (+44 300 200 7890 if outside the UK)

Opening hours: 

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, Donegal Square East and Great Victoria Street to the Stranmillis Area. You should alight 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 GRO 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.

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