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Civil Registration Act 2004

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Number 3 of 2004


CIVIL REGISTRATION ACT 2004


ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

PART 1

Preliminary and General

Section

1.

Short title and commencement.

2.

Interpretation.

3.

Regulations.

4.

Repeals.

5.

Transitional provisions.

6.

Expenses of Minister and Minister for Finance.

PART 2

Administration

7.

Ard-Chláraitheoir.

8.

Functions of Ard-Chláraitheoir.

9.

Ard-Chláraitheoir Cúnta.

10.

Staff of Ard-Chláraitheoir.

11.

Annual report.

12.

Oifig an Ard-Chláraitheora.

13.

Registers.

14.

Schemes.

15.

Local registration authorities.

16.

Financial provisions relating to authorities.

17.

Staff of authorities.

PART 3

Registration of Births and Stillbirths

18.

“the register” (Part 3).

19.

Provision of particulars, and registration, of births.

20.

Births occurring more than 12 months before registration.

21.

Duty to notify registrar of abandoned new-born children.

22.

Registration of father where parents not married.

23.

Re-registration of birth to include name of father.

24.

Re-registration of births of legitimated persons.

25.

Registration, or alteration, of forename of child.

26.

Registration of births outside State of children of Irish citizens domiciled in State.

27.

Recording and registration of certain other births occurring outside State.

28.

Registration of stillbirths.

29.

Registration of stillbirths that occurred before 31 December 1994.

30.

Duty to notify Ard-Chláraitheoir of births and stillbirths.

PART 4

Registration of Adoptions

31.

Definitions (Part 4).

32.

Registration of adoptions.

33.

Registration of foreign adoptions.

34.

Directions of High Court in relation to entries in register in respect of foreign adoptions.

35.

Privacy of adoption records.

PART 5

Registration of Deaths

36.

“the register” (Part 5).

37.

Provision of particulars, and registration, of deaths.

38.

Registration of deaths occurring outside State of Irish citizens domiciled in State.

39.

Recording and registration of certain other deaths occurring outside State.

40.

Registration after more than 12 months from death.

41.

Furnishing of particulars of death by a coroner to registrar.

42.

Certificate of cause of death.

43.

Place of death.

44.

Power of coroner to authorise disposal of bodies.

PART 6

Amendment of Law Relating to Marriages

45.

Definitions (Part 6).

46.

Notification of marriages.

47.

Exemption of certain marriages from section 46(1)(a)(i).

48.

Marriage registration form.

49.

Registration of marriages.

50.

Non-receipt of marriage registration form by registrar.

51.

Solemnisation of marriages.

52.

Places and times for the solemnisation of marriages.

53.

Register of Solemnisers.

54.

Application by bodies for registration of persons.

55.

Cancellation of registration.

56.

Appeals against refusals or cancellations of registration.

57.

Temporary authorisation to solemnise marriage.

58.

Objections.

PART 7

Registration of Decrees of Divorce and Decrees of Nullity

59.

Registration of decrees of divorce and decrees of nullity.

PART 8

General

60.

Appeals.

61.

Searches.

62.

Search of register of stillbirths.

63.

Correction of errors at request of persons having an interest.

64.

Corrections or cancellations of entries at request of Ard-Chláraitheoir or a registrar.

65.

Enquiries by Ard-Chláraitheoir.

66.

Power of Ard-Chláraitheoir to give information to others.

67.

Fees.

68.

Evidence of births, stillbirths and deaths.

69.

Offences.

70.

Penalties.

71.

Prosecution of offences.

72.

Service etc., of documents.

73.

Vital statistics.

FIRST SCHEDULE

Particulars to be Entered in Registers

PART 1

Particulars to be Entered in Register of Births

PART 2

Particulars to be Entered in Register of Stillbirths

PART 3

Particulars of Adoptions within the State to be Entered in Register of Adoptions

PART 4

Particulars of Foreign Adoptions to be Entered in Register of Adoptions

PART 5

Particulars of Deaths to be Entered in Register of Deaths

PART 6

Particulars of Decrees of Divorce to be Entered in Register of Decrees of Divorce

PART 7

Particulars of Decrees of Nullity of Marriage to be Entered in Register of Decrees of Nullity

SECOND SCHEDULE

Enactments Repealed


ACTS REFERRED TO

Adoption Act 1952

1952, No. 25

Adoption Act 1991

1991, No. 14

Adoption Acts 1952 to 1998

Army Pensions Acts 1923 to 1980

Births and Deaths Registration Act (Ireland) 1880

1880, c. 13

Births and Deaths Registration Acts 1863 to 1996

Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1972

1972, No. 25

Capital Acquisitions Tax Consolidation Act 2003

2003, No. 1

Civil Service Regulation Acts 1956 to 1996

Coroners Act 1962

1962, No. 9

Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003

Defence (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1960

1960, No. 44

Defence Forces (Pensions) Acts 1932 to 1975

Electoral Act 1992

1992, No. 23

Electronic Commerce Act 2000

2000, No. 27

Family Law Act 1995

1995, No. 26

Family Law (Divorce) Act 1996

1996, No. 33

Garda Síochána Act 1989

1989, No. 1

Health Act 1947

1947, No. 28

Health Act 1970

1970, No. 1

Health (Eastern Regional Health Authority) Act 1999

1999, No. 13

Housing Act 1966

1966, No. 21

Housing Acts 1966 to 2002

Legitimacy Act 1931

1931, No. 13

Legitimacy Declaration Act (Ireland) 1868

1868, c. 20

Marriage Act 1835

5 & 6 Will 4., c. 54

Marriage Law (Ireland) Amendment Act 1863

26 Vict., c. 27

Marriage Law (Ireland) Amendment Act 1873

36 & 37 Vict., c. 16

Marriage of Lunatics Act 1811

51 Geo 3., c. 37

Marriage (Prohibited Degrees of Relationship) Acts 1907 and 1921

Marriage (Society of Friends) Act 1860

23 & 24 Vict., c. 18

Marriage (Society of Friends) Act 1872

35 & 36 Vict., c. 10

Marriages Act 1936

1936, No. 47

Marriages Act 1972

1972, No. 30

Marriages (Ireland) Act 1844

1844, c. 81

Marriages (Ireland) Act 1846

9 & 10 Vict., c. 72

Matrimonial Causes and Marriage Law (Ireland) Amendment Act 1870

33 & 34 Vict., c. 110

Matrimonial Causes and Marriage Law (Ireland) Amendment Act 1871

1871, c. 49

Medical Practitioners Act 1978

1978, No. 4

Mercantile Marine Act 1955

1955, No. 29

Merchant Shipping Act 1894

57 & 58 Vict. c. 60

Petty Sessions (Ireland) Act 1851

1851, c. 93

Planning and Development Act 2000

2000, No. 30

Registration of Births Act 1996

1996, No. 36

Registration of Births and Deaths Act 1936

1936, No. 34

Registration of Births and Deaths (Ireland) Act 1863

1863, c. 11

Registration of Marriages Act 1936

1936, No. 35

Registration of Marriages (Ireland) Act 1863

1863, c. 90

Road Traffic Act 1961

1961, No. 24

Social Welfare (Consolidation) Act 1993

1993, No. 27

Stamp Duties Consolidation Act 1999

1999, No. 31

Status of Children Act 1987

1987, No. 26

Stillbirths Registration Act 1994

1994, No. 1

Taxes Consolidation Act 1997

1997, No. 39

Vital Statistics and Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1952

1952, No. 8

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Number 3 of 2004


CIVIL REGISTRATION ACT 2004


AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE REORGANISATION, MODERNISATION AND NAMING OF THE SYSTEM (TO BE KNOWN AS THE CIVIL REGISTRATION SERVICE OR, IN THE IRISH LANGUAGE, AN tSEIRBHÍS UM CHLÁRÚ SIBHIALTA) OF REGISTRATION OF BIRTHS, STILLBIRTHS, ADOPTIONS, MARRIAGES AND DEATHS (INCLUDING CERTAIN BIRTHS AND DEATHS OCCURRING OUTSIDE THE STATE), TO PROVIDE FOR THE EXTENSION OF THE SYSTEM TO DECREES OF DIVORCE AND DECREES OF NULLITY OF MARRIAGE AND FOR THOSE PURPOSES TO REVISE THE LAW RELATING TO THE SYSTEM, TO AMEND THE LAW RELATING TO MARRIAGES AND TO PROVIDE FOR RELATED MATTERS. [27th February, 2004]

BE IT ENACTED BY THE OIREACHTAS AS FOLLOWS: