Re-certification of a birth abroad
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If you or your child, your spouse or your parents were born abroad, you can apply for the subsequent certification of the birth in the birth register (formerly the birth register) at a registry office in Germany.

There is no obligation to re-authenticate. Properly issued birth certificates from abroad are generally recognized in Germany.

When the birth is re-certified, the parentage and name will be checked and notarized according to German law. All changes in the civil status such as recognition of paternity, name declarations, adoption are also notarized.

Parents who were born abroad after December 31, 1999 and reside there must have their child's birth certified within one year of the birth of their child. This is a prerequisite for the child to acquire German citizenship.

Otherwise, the subsequent entry in the birth register can be advantageous because the local registry office can then issue you a German birth certificate. Any translations and certification of the foreign certificate will therefore no longer be required.

Please ask your local registry office personally - not by telephone - as the required documents depend on the individual case.


The re-certification of the birth is possible for
  • German citizens
  • Stateless, homeless foreigners and foreign refugees with habitual residence in Germany

Are eligible to apply

  • the person to be authenticated himself
  • their parents
  • their children
  • the spouse or partner


The registry office at your German place of residence or your usual place of residence is responsible
of those born abroad. If this does not result in responsibility, then the registry office of the applicant's place of residence is responsible for the re-certification.

The re-certification can only take place after prior consultation with the responsible registry office. During the consultation you will find out which documents have to be presented for re-certification.

You can see whether an appointment is required for advice at the relevant registry office by looking at the opening times of the respective registry office.

  • Sections 36, 37, 21, 27, 45 of the Personal Status Act PStG
  • §§ 1591, 1592, 1595 Civil Code - BGB
  • Art. 19, 21 Introductory Act to the Civil Code - EGBGB
  • §§ 1617, 1618 BGB
  • Art. 10 EGBGB
  • Child Protection Convention
  • Citizenship Act
  • Federal Expellees and Refugee Act
  • Adoption Effect Act

Related Links

  • Registry office I in Berlin
  • Re-notarization of a marriage abroad
  • Re-certification of a death abroad
  • Re-notarization of a civil partnership abroad

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