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Since 1 January 2009, the "certified register extract" (birth register) replaces the former parentage certificate.

The certificate of descent was abolished on 1 January 2009 by the Civil Status Reform Act. With the abolition of the parentage certificate, an adoption can only be determined by a "certified register expression" of the birth entry.


The parentage certificate served as proof of the birth of a child. It was necessary for marriages, as it could be used to determine the biological parents. Their task was to identify obstacles to marriage in adopted children. The parentage certificate contained additional information (such as name changes or the registration of an adoption) that is not noted on the birth certificate.

Only the legal parents are noted on the birth certificate.

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