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Baby is first to register online
Wales's first online birth registration
Baby Nathan with parents and registrar Nan Wynne Evans
A Denbighshire baby has become the first in Wales to have his birth registered online.

Nathan Price, who was born on 6 November at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, Bodelwyddan, was registered on Monday.

Denbighshire is the only local authority in Wales to take part in an online registration pilot scheme.

It is hoped the scheme, called RON (Registering Online), will speed up the process, and make birth records accessible to everyone online.

Under the current system, Denbighshire's birth records can only be accessed by visiting or writing to the local registrar.

But it is hoped the new system - which is also being piloted by three English authorities - will eventually be rolled out across Britain. Records would then be accessible online from anywhere in the country.

Registering your baby
Births must be registered within 42 days
Births can be registered in any district
Births in Wales may be registered in English and Welsh
A married couple can give their baby any last name
If you haven't thought of a name in 42 days, a blank space can be left

The system is already being used to register civil partnerships, and it is thought it will also be introduced for marriages and deaths.

Parents Sorcha Maher and Gavin Price, from Belgrano, near Abergele, registered their son Nathan's birth on Monday.

Parents still have to visit a registrar, but the registration will now be quicker. Obtaining copies of birth certificates will also be easier.

Denbighshire Registrar, Nan Wynne Evans, said: "The system is already used to register civil partnerships, so the pilot is the next step in introducing it across other registration areas.

"When we went live on Monday everything went smoothly and we're checking out whether or not Nathan may also have been registered before the English counties who are piloting the system. "

A Denbighshire County Council spokeswoman said: "The whole thing should now be a lot quicker.

"It also means that if, for instance, someone moved from Denbighshire to Liverpool and lost their birth certificate, they could potentially access the records online from Liverpool, or wherever they may be."

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