Germany - Register a Birth
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.
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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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.
- 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.
- Obtain the proof of birth from the Hospital.
- Name your child.
- Request for application forms
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- 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
Standard Birth certificate €10, additional copies €5
International birth certificate €10, additional copies €5
Birth Certificate Valid Forever
German Nationality Act
Please attach sample completed documents that would help other people.
It takes roughly 14 days for the birth certificates to be ready
Bezirksamt Friedrichshain – Kreuzberg
Schlesische Str. 27. A
Bezirksamt Charlottenburg – Wilmersdorf
Alt- Lietzow 28
(office can be found on the 1st floor, no lift)
tel. 030 9018-243 07
Standesamt Steglitz-Zehlendorf von Berlin
(Room 244A, Frau Burkowitz)
Bezirksamt Marzahn – Hellersdorf
Egon- Erwin -Kisch- Str.106
tel. 030-90296-3553 – 3557
Freiherr- vom- Stein- Str.
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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.
The birth registration document is used to obtain identity cards, passports and make registration at nurseries and schools.
You need to go to the Standesamt that is in the district where your baby was born.