Applying for a birth certificate when you are born abroad or in a former German territory

The birth certificate proves the birth of a person, his first and last names as well as the details of the parents. You can have a birth certificate issued on the basis of an existing birth register. If the place of birth is outside the Federal Republic of Germany, the birth can be registered at the registry office I in Berlin.

To apply for a birth certificate, you will need: in the case of an application by a representing person: written power of attorney of the authorized person, their identity card or passport (original or certified copy) and the identity card or passport of the person represented certain persons must also demonstrate a legal or legitimate interest.

Formuale: Online service available: Yes Written form required: no Personal appearance required: no

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Civil status documents contain personal data, so their issuance is subject to data protection restrictions. Eligible applicants (minimum age: 16 years): the person to whom the birth certificate refers the spouse or partner (within the meaning of the Act on Registered Partnerships) Ancestors and descendants of the affected person Siblings with legitimate interest Other people, including closer relatives such as aunts and uncles, only receive a certificate if they can credibly demonstrate a legal interest (for example, by writing to the probate court).

In principle, a certificate can also be applied for in analogue form, but for reasons of speeding up the processing process, the online application is urgently recommended. In addition to yourself, a person you trust may also order the certificate for you. A written power of attorney is required for this. By sending the certificate, you will receive a fee notice.

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Senate Department for the Interior and Sport Berlin, Department 1 Constitutional and Administrative Law

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