Bulgaria - Obtain a Birth Certificate
A Birth Certificate is very important identity document that is needed in various cases- obtaining a certificate of conviction, marriage, receiving maternity benefits, issuing identity cards and so on. You can get a duplicate of your birth certificate only from the township where you were born.
It is mandatory under the Bulgarian law to register a birth. The birth certificate is normally issued up to 2-3 weeks after the birth (depends on the workload of the municipality) and is normally free of charge.
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When a child is born it is registered in the hospital. The announcement of the birth is then send from the hospital to the Office of Civil Status at the municipality.
In which the mother has a registered address within seven days(excluding the day of birth). The Office of Civil Status then issues a birth certificate and a personal citizen number.
If the child is born at home then the father must announce the birth of their child in the municipal administration. In case the father is dead, absent or on a specific reason cannot report the birth then this should be done by the mother or a person authorized by her.
- The identity cards of the parents.
- Marriage certificate.
- A birth certificate of a child born before the current birth.
- Paid fee.
The registration of a newborn is made within seven days (not counting the day of birth itself) on the basis of a written notification of birth issued by the maternity hospital or clinic where the mother delivered the baby.
The father declares the birth at the local Town Hall either in person or by a person authorised by him. In cases when the father is dead, unknown or unable to go himself for various other reasons, the statement can be made either by somebody present at the time of birth or by the mother.
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The service is usually free of charge.
The Birth Certificate is Valid Forever.
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A list with the addresses of the municipalities in Bulgaria where the birth certificate is issued can be found here:
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