How to Get a Birth Certificate?

The birth of a child is an occasion for joy and celebration yet also involves the completion of certain legal formalities and documentation. The issuing of a Birth Certificate is among the most important of these as it serves as a:

  • Proof of age and date of birth
  • Proof of place of birth and citizenship
  • Basis for obtaining other documents for the child

Fortunately, obtaining a birth certificate is not a very complicated process, and you can get one by following the steps given below.


Who issues a Birth Certificate?

  • Birth Certificates are issued by the MCGM through it’s local Ward Offices, the concerned department being the Medical Officer, Health (MOH). There is a Centralised system for issuing the Certificate run by the Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner India.

How to acquire a birth certificate?

  • The Hospital concerned will upload all the details in the centralised portal, which will then be forwarded for approval to the MOH.
  • The Certificate can then be issued by any Municipal Ward Office, regardless of where the Birth occurred.
  • As per the Right to Services Act, the Birth Certificate should be issued within two days.

Points to remember:

  • Most records after the year 1996 are available in the system.
  • The registration number provided by the Hospital/ Nursing Home/ Maternity home should be kept safely (This is used to check records).
  • Criteria like gender, date of birth, ward, father’s name, mother’s name or hospital name can be used in case you lose your registration number.
  • Ensure that the name and other details are spelt correctly, as once entered, the name cannot be changed.
  • You can collect as many copies as you desire.
  • To name the child after birth, the parents need to carry one of the following documents:
    • Pan Card
    • Driving License
    • Voter’s card
    • Passport
    • Ration Card
    • Proof of Mother’s maiden Name

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Source: This information has been provided by the MCGM