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Registering a Newborn


Welcoming a new member to your family is a joyous occasion, and part of this process involves registering the birth of your child. This guide provides a step-by-step overview of the process to register a newborn in Germany, ensuring that your child’s birth is properly documented.

Step 1: Determine the Registration Location

The birth of your child must be registered in the registry office (Standesamt) in whose district the child was born at. The birth is then certified there and birth certificates can be issued. You will receive a total of 3 free certificates for parental benefit (Elterngeld), child benefit (Kindergeld) and health insurance (Krankenkasse). You will have to pay fees for additional birth certificates for your personal records.

Here is a list of all the registry offices (Standesämter) in Berlin.


Step 2: Gather Required Documents

Before heading to the registry office, gather the necessary documents:

  • Application form.
  • Birth Certificate from the Hospital: Obtain the birth certificate issued by the hospital or midwife who attended the birth.
  • Parent’s Identification: Bring your personal identification documents, such as passports or ID cards.
  • Marriage Certificate (If Applicable): If you’re married, provide the marriage certificate.
  • Proof of Residence: Bring documents showing your current address in Germany.
  • Father’s birth certificate translated to german
  • Paternity recognition for the father (in case the parents are not married).


Step 3: Visit the Registry Office

Visit the appropriate Standesamt with the required documents. Offices offer walk-in services.


Step 4: Complete the Registration

At the registry office, the staff will guide you through the process and ensure all information is accurately recorded.


Step 5: Provide Necessary Information

During the registration process, you’ll need to provide:

  • Child’s Full Name: Decide on your child’s first and last name.
  • Parental Information: Provide your names, birthplaces, dates of birth, and professions.
  • Marital Status: Declare your marital status.
  • Residence: Submit your current address.

Step 6: Receive the Birth Certificate

After completing the registration, you’ll receive a birth certificate for your child. This document is crucial for legal purposes and may be required for future administrative processes.


Step 7: Optional Steps

  • Apply for Child Benefits: If you’re eligible, consider applying for Kindergeld (child benefit) to receive financial support.
  • Apply for a Passport or ID: If your child will be traveling internationally, you can also apply for a passport or ID card.


Important Tips:

  • Timely Registration: Register your child’s birth promptly, usually within one week of the birth.
  • Dual Citizenship: If you or your partner are not German citizens, check the implications of dual citizenship for your child.
  • Language Barrier: If you’re not fluent in German, consider bringing someone who can assist with translation.