Importance of Birth certificates:- A birth certificate is an important affidavit that gets recorded in the Births Register of the country where a child is born. This certificate includes information like place, year, month, day, date and time of the child,s birth. This is considered a very useful and important document is an identification to determine the person,s nationality and age.

Uses of Birth Certificates:- A birth certificate is used at the time of school admissions, college admissions, and hospital benefits, licenses of any kind, applying for government grants or legal documents from the government. It is used for all purpose as an identity document to disclose the person,s age, name and sex for statistical purposes by the government. UNICEF is concerned about the situation of children who, in legal terms, do not exist. With no document to prove how old they are - or even who they are - they are likely to join the millions facing discrimination and lack of access to basic services such as health and education.

Unregistered children are generally the children of the poor and the excluded. An unregistered child will be a more attractive target for a child trafficker and does not have even the minimal protection that a birth certificate provides against early marriage, child labour, or detention and persecution as an adult. In later life, the unregistered child may be unable to apply for a passport or formal job, open a bank account, and get a driving license or a marriage certificate.

Important thinks at the time of registration :-
Child details-
  • The time, date and place of the birth of the child.
  • The sex of the child.
  • The personal public service number (PPSN) of child (this will be allocated at registration).
  • The forename(s) and surname of the child. Please ensure that the surname(s) appearing in the Register of Births is correct (i.e. is the chosen and agreed surname and will be used to identify the child) so as to avoid any later confusion or difficulties.
Mother's Details-
  • The forename(s) and surname of the mother which will be the name by which the mother is/was ordinarily known at the time of the birth.
  • The mother's birth surname.
  • All other previously used surnames of the mother (if any) will be included in the Register.
  • The mother's normal occupation, described as accurately as possible (e.g. "Clerical Officer" not Public Servant; "Canteen Supervisor" not"Catering"). This is important for statistical purposes. When a parent is not currently employed outside the home the most recently held previous occupation should be given. "Homemaker" is an acceptable term for a parent working in the family home. The term "unemployed" should not be entered in the Register of Births.
  • The mother's normal address at the time of the birth (even if this has changed in the interim before date of registration).
  • The mother's date of birth.
  • The Mother's civil status at the time of the birth. (The terms "bachelor" and "spinster" are no longer in use. A person's civil status is either "single", "married", "windowed", "divorced", "separated", "civil partner", "former civil partner", or "surviving civil partner".
  • The mother's personal public service number (this can be obtained from the Department of Social and Family Affairs by the mother, if it is not known to her).
  • Birth Surname of mother's mother.
Father's Details-
  • The father's forename(s), surname, birth surname, all previous surnames (if any), normal occupation, normal address, date of birth, civil status, PPSN and birth surname of father's mother will be recorded in the Register in a similar manner to the details relating to the mother.
  • A surname as entered in the Register of Births in respect of each child when his/her birth is being registered - this was not the case prior to 1/10/1997.
    The surname of the child recorded in the Register of Births must be either the surname of the father or mother or of both (as shown in the Register) or any other surname that is requested by the parents and an tArd Chlaraitheoir (the Registrar-General) or a Superintendent Registrar is satisfied the circumstances so warrant the entry of this surname.
    The surname of a child may be recorded subject to any necessary linguistic modifications (e.g. Irish or English version of a surname).
How to apply for a Birth Certificate?
  1. Get a birth Certificate Registration Form from the registrar's office (from your municipal authority) .
  2. When a child is born in a hospital, the form is provided by the Medical Officer Incharge.
  3. Fill in the form within 21 days of birth of the child.
  4. If birth is not registered within 21 days of its occurrence, birth certificate is issued after police verification.
  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.
  6. 7 days after applying for birth certificate, follow up with municipal authority to obtain the birth certificate.
  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.
When can I collect the Birth Certificate?
  1. Birth certificate is issued within 7-15 (working days)
  2. 7 days after applying for birth certificate, follow up with municipal authority to obtain the birth certificate.
  3. By providing a self addressed envelope at the Municipal Corporation Office, The birth certificate will be sent to your given address.
Who is responsible for registering a birth?
The child,s parents are jointly responsible for registering the child,s birth, and must both sign the birth registration application regardless of whether they are married or not.

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