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Introduction

Once you have given birth in Germany, you are expected to register your child's birth. This must be done within 7 days of the baby's birth date.

Eligibility

The birth can be registered by a number of people:

  • The mother
  • The father (when the dad shares legal custody)
  • The midwife who was present at the birth
  • The doctor who was present at the birth
  • In some cases officials visit hospital maternity units and can register the birth during the mother's hospital stay

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Instructions

If you give birth in a hospital or at a Geburtshaus (birthing center), they are obliged to register the birth of your baby. Often the person who will do this will come directly to you to take your documents, however, it is worth asking your hospital/Geburtshaus of choice how they do this ahead of time, so you are prepared.

Required Information

  • Name of the baby.
  • Name of the father.
  • Name of the mother.
  • Name of the midwife.
  • Name of the doctor who was present at the birth.
  • Date of birth of the baby.
  • Gender of the baby.
  • Name of the hospital.
  • Time of birth.


Procedure

  • Obtain the proof of birth from the Hospital.
  • Name your child.
  • Request for application forms

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Required Documents

  • Proof of child birth from the Hospital.
  • Passport of both parents
  • Birth Certificate of both parents(-to-be) (translated in to German)
  • Declaration of paternity, (only if parents aren't married)
  • Diplomas for any parent who has a Master's Degree or higher ( only if you wish for your qualifications to be included on the birth certificate)
  • Parents' marriage certificate (translated in to German)
  • Registration documents of you and your partner


Fees

Standard Birth certificate €10, additional copies €5
International birth certificate €10, additional copies €5

Validity

Birth Certificate Valid Forever

Documents to Use

http://www.germany.angloinfo.com/healthcare/pregnancy-birth/registering-the-birth/

German Nationality Act
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=6&ved=0CEcQFjAF&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bmi.bund.de%2FSharedDocs%2FGesetzestexte%2FEN%2FStaatsangehoerigkeitsgesetz_englisch.pdf%3F__blob%3DpublicationFile&ei=5ltGU7vzOcm07QbLloCwBQ&usg=AFQjCNE4YZco-bRD-AXw6_Qx4gQwq2yg-Q&sig2=xmpqjMk0ygVxpjpSUZa8gw&bvm=bv.64507335,d.ZGU&cad=rja

Sample Documents

Please attach sample completed documents that would help other people.

Processing Time

It takes roughly 14 days for the birth certificates to be ready

Office Locations & Contacts

Bezirksamt Friedrichshain – Kreuzberg
Address:
Schlesische Str. 27. A
10997 Berlin
tel. 030-90298-115
email. standesamt@ba-fk.berlin.de

Bezirksamt Charlottenburg – Wilmersdorf
Address:
Alt- Lietzow 28
10587 Berlin
(office can be found on the 1st floor, no lift)
tel. 030-9029-12354
email. geburtenbuch@charlottenburg-wilmersdorf.de

Bezirksamt Mitte
Address:
Parochialstr.3
10179 Berlin
tel. 030 9018-243 07
email. standesamt@ba-mitte.berlin.de

Bezirksamt Treptow-Köpenick
Address:
Alt-Köpenick 21
12555 Berlin
tel. 030-90297-0
email. standesamt@ba-tk.berlin.de

Bezirksamt Steglitz-Zehlendorf
Address:
Standesamt Steglitz-Zehlendorf von Berlin
Kirchstr.1/3
14163 Berlin
tel. 030-90299-7474
email. standesamt@ba-sz.berlin.de

Bezirksamt Spandau
Address:
Carl-Schurz-Str. 2/6
13597 Berlin
tel. 030-90279-2518
email. standesamt@ba-spandau.berlin.de

Bezirksamt Reinickendorf
Address:
Standesamt
Eichbornddamm 215-239
13437 Berlin
(Room 244A, Frau Burkowitz)
tel. 030-90294-2165
email. standesamt@reinickendorf.berlin.de

Bezirksamt Marzahn – Hellersdorf
Address:
Alice-Salomon-Platz 3
12627 Berlin
tel. 030-90293-2171
email. standesamt@ba-mh.Verwalt-Berlin.de

Bezirksamt Lichtenberg
Address:
Egon- Erwin -Kisch- Str.106
13059 Berlin
tel. 030-90296-3553 – 3557
email. standesamt@lichtenberg.berlin.de

Bezirksamt Tempelhof-Schöneberg
Address:
Freiherr- vom- Stein- Str.
10825 Berlin
tel. 030-90277-6300
email. standesamt-urkunden@ba-ts.berlin.de

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Information which might help

You will normally receive a date to go to the appropriate Standesamt to pick the birth certificates up. If you haven't received a date, then call the Standesamt who will be processing your child's birth certificate (phone numbers listed at the bottom of this post) to see if the certificates are ready.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate

The birth registration document is used to obtain identity cards, passports and make registration at nurseries and schools.

External Links

http://www.berlinforallthefamily.com/8/post/2013/10/how-birth-registration-in-germany-works.html
http://www.expatbabies.com/frankfurt/need-to-know/birth-registration--names/birth-registration/16769

Others

You need to go to the Standesamt that is in the district where your baby was born.

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