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Birth abroad certification

If you or a close relative were born abroad, you can apply for the birth to be subsequently recorded in the birth register (formerly the birth register) at the registry office in Germany. There is no obligation to recertify – properly...

If you or a close relative were born abroad, you can apply for the birth to be subsequently recorded in the birth register (formerly the birth register) at the registry office in Germany.
There is no obligation to recertify – properly issued birth certificates from abroad are generally recognized in Germany.
However, the subsequent entry in the birth register can be advantageous because the local registry office can then issue you with a German birth certificate. Any translations and certifications of the foreign document will therefore no longer be necessary in the future

Important notes

Prerequisites

Post-certification of birth is possible for
  • German nationals
  • Stateless, homeless foreigners and foreign refugees with habitual residence in Germany
are eligible to apply
  • the person to be registered himself
  • their parents
  • their children
  • the spouse or life partner

Documents required

  • foreign birth certificate with translation; if necessary legalization / apostille
  • Valid identity card, passport or travel document
  • Marriage and birth certificates of the parents of the person to whom the entry relates
  • if applicable, certificate of naturalization / certificate of citizenship
In addition, the submission of other documents may be required - please inquire about this in advance at the registry office.

Please note

The registry office at your German place of residence or your usual place of residence is responsible
of those born abroad. If this does not result in responsibility, then the registry office of the applicant's place of residence is responsible for the re-certification.

The re-certification can only take place after prior consultation with the responsible registry office. During the consultation you will find out which documents have to be presented for re-certification.

You can see whether an appointment is required for advice at the relevant registry office by looking at the opening times of the respective registry office.

Procedure & Fees

Procedure

For details on the modalities and the documents that the registry office requires from you, please call them in advance.
  • Gather the necessary documents and go to the registry office.
  • The registrar will check whether certification by a German registry office is possible.
  • If the requirements are met, the entry in the birth register can take place.
If necessary, the registry office will issue you with a birth certificate after the entry in the register has taken place.

Fees


  • Certification in the birth register: EUR 60.00

  • Birth certificate / certified printout from the birth register: EUR 10.00 (if ordered at the same time, each additional copy EUR 5.00 each)

Other services, such as issuing an apostille or translations, may incur additional costs and fees.

Legal notes

Legal basis

§ 36 Civil Status Act (PStG)

Nationality Act (StAG)

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