A Birth Certificate is the most important identity document that makes it possible for anyone in possession of it to benefit from a gamut of services offered by the Indian Government to its citizens. It becomes necessary to obtain a Birth Certificate because it serves to establish the date and fact of one’s birth for a whole range of purposes, like acquiring the right to vote, admission to schools and to the Government Service, claiming the right to marry at the legally permissible age, settlement of inheritance and property rights, and obtaining Government-issued identity documents like a driving licence or passport.
What You Need to Do
To apply for a Birth Certificate, you must first register the birth. The birth has to be registered with the concerned local authorities within 21 days of its occurrence, by filling up the form prescribed by the Registrar. Birth Certificate is then issued after verification with the actual records of the concerned hospital.
In case the birth has not been registered within the specified time of its occurrence, the certificate is issued after due police verification ordered by the revenue authorities.
7 Easy Steps to get the Birth Certificate for your new born child in India
Step 1- Get a birth Certificate Registration Form from the registrar’s office (from your municipal authority).
Step 2- When a child is born in a hospital, the form is provided by the Medical Officer In-charge.
Step 3- Fill in the form within 21 days of birth of the child.
Step 4- If birth is not registered within 21 days of it’s occurrence, birth certificate is issued after police verification.
Step 5- Once the verification of the birth records (date, time, place of birth, parent’s ID proof, nursing home etc.) is done by the registrar, birth certificate is issued to the applicant.
Step 6- 7 days after applying for birth certificate, follow up with municipal authority to obtain the birth certificate.
Step 7- By providing a self addressed envelope at the municipality office, the birth certificate is posted to the respective address within 7–14 working days.
Where is this Birth Certificate required?
A birth certificate is required for:
- Seeking admission in educational institutes.
- Getting employment.
- Establishing one’s age with any institution.
- Claiming social security benefits (e.g. health schemes).
- Passport Application.
- Immigration needs like applying for Green Card.
- Obtaining certified documents such as Voter’s ID, Driving License, Passport, Marriage Certificate, etc.
Online Registration Process
- Below is the birth certificate process in India through an online website:
- Visit the website crsorgi.gov.in
- Look on the left where you will find a Sign-Up button
- To register, click on the sign up for ‘General Public.’
- The Signup box will appear as a pop-up. Fill all your valid details in this box like username, user ID, district or town/village, your mobile number, place of birth and so on.
- If the field of the Registration Unit shows the username and is active, it means that your area is valid for online registration.
- Enter the verification code and click on the Register tab.
- After registration, a Thank You message will pop up along with a prompt to check your email ID to confirm the registration.
- Check your email inbox. It will tell you to set up a new password for login.
- Set it up and sign in once again.
- A form will pop up to fill in the name of your child, his or her parents, and the location.
- Fill it and submit after 24 hours.
- Take its print out and download a soft copy on your computer
- Visit the office of the Registrar of your region
- Get the form attested either by him or the Sub-Registrar.
Offline Registration Process
To register a birth certificate in India through an offline process, below are the steps which talk about how to issue a birth certificate from municipal authorities:
- Get a birth certificate registration form by visiting your municipal corporation office
- Submit the letter that was given by the hospital at the time of your baby’s birth by the medical in-charge.
- Now you will have to fill the form within 21 days of your baby’s birth
- Post that, the office will verify details such as place and time of birth, parents name, gender, address, nursing home/hospital etc.
- If the verification is all in place, you will get the birth certificate sent to your address after 7-15 days.
- Just to be sure, follow up with the office after 7 days.
- If there is any urgency, you can in some cases get the birth certificate sent to you within a week by providing a self-addressed envelope.
- In case your baby’s birth is not registered within 21 days, police verification will take place in order to issue it, directed by the revenue authorities. This usually tends to take a longer time, and hence you should register for your baby’s birth certificate as soon as your little one is born.