If you are unsure how you apply for your baby’s birth certificates and register his/her birth in Germany.
Here are some guidelines:
(Disclaimer: This document is only a guideline to the procedures, please ensure that the procedures
are double checked with the necessary offices as they may differ from case to case basis.)
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, the midwife who was present at birth or the doctor (Hospital) who was present at the time of birth.
Hospital Births (Krankenhaus)
If you give birth in a hospital, they are obliged to register the birth of your baby. Often in hospitals, there is a special department working in the hospital which is responsible to register the birth on behalf of the parents. The person working for this department, will come directly to you to take your documents before
you are discharged, however, it is worth asking your hospital of choice how they do this ahead of time, so you are prepared.
The documents you will need to bring with you for registering the birth are:
- Passport of both parents
- Birth Certificate of both parents(-to-be) (translated in to German)* (In cases when parents do not have birth certificates, they may speak directly to the hospital birth registration department or the Standesamt (the office where birth is registered and which issues birth certificate) whether they would accept a document issued by the Consulate General of India in Germany, certifying the date of birth of the parent. Generally this document is acceptable).
- 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 (Meldebescheinigung)
Make multiple copies of these documents and bring the copies as well as the originals
When registering the birth through the hospital, you will have your original documents checked (as listed above) and they will take the necessary originals/copies of the documents. In exchange they will hand you a confirmation of the birth (Geburtsbescheinigung) which you must keep.
They will likely ask you how many copies of the birth certificate (and International Birth Certificate issued generally in English, German and French- if you are ordering those) you wish to order. It is worth keeping in mind to order a couple of extra birth certificates as this is the easiest and quickest way to do it and they can be helpful in the future.
If, for any reason, it isn’t possible to register the birth through your hospital, you will need a Anzeige der Geburt form, from where you gave birth, to take to the Standesamt (along with your documents) to register the birth yourself (see the list of who can do this above) within 7 days of the baby’s date of birth.
* It is recommended to get your birth certificates and marriage certificate translated by a certified translator if they aren’t in German. This generally facilitates faster processing of the application.
If you plan on giving birth at home, you will be given a form (Anzeige der Geburt) by your attending midwife which you will need to present to the Standesamt in your district (Bezirk) yourselves (your partner can do this for you as long as they have the documents listed above). The form must be handed in to your Standesamt within 7 days of the baby’s date of birth.
When will I receive my baby's birth certificates?
You will normally receive a date to go to the appropriate Standesamt to pick the birth certificates up, but if you didn’t, it takes roughly 14 days for the birth certificates to be ready. 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.
Sometimes, when either of the parent is a permanent resident of Germany, then the baby might get a German citizenship, even if the parents hold Indian citizenship. In such cases, the Standesamt will verify the documents of the parents and therefore might take a little more time than 14 days to process the
Please note that in Germany not all babies straight away get German citizenship. This means citizenship of the child is not dependent on the place or country of birth but more on the citizenship and visa status of the Parents.
What will I receive?
When picking up your birth certificates, you will automatically receive 3 that are free of charge. These 3 or 4 birth certificates have allocated purposes which are for:
3. Health Insurance (Mutterschaftshilfe)
4. For religious purposes (eg. baptism) if appropriate
Each certificate will have a title on them telling you which certificate needs to go to where. If you are unsure, make sure to ask whilst at the Standesamt.
How much will my baby's birth certificates cost?
Then you have the standard birth certificates and international birth certificates that are for you. Here are the charges:
Birth certificate €10, additional copies €5
International birth certificate €10, additional copies €5
Which Standesamt do I go to?
If you are living in Hannover then here is the address of the Standesamt you need to get in touch with:
Standesamt der Landeshauptstadt Hannover
Heiligerstraße 1, 30159 Hannover.
Tel+49 511 168-41295
For more information you can access the official website of the State of Hannover: https://goo.gl/gro5kk