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Obtaining a Birth Certificate for a person born in Germany

27.02.2018 - Article

In order to obtain a birth certificate, please contact the relevant Civil Registration Authorities of your place of birth.

How to obtain a birth certificate from Germany

To obtain a birth certificate from the Federal Republic of Germany, you must contact the competent German agency (i.e. the „Standesamt“ or Registrar's Office). Your letter should be addressed to the Standesamt of the place (Village, Tow or City) where you were born. You can find the contact information for your Standesamt / Registrar's Office by searching the World Wide Web for the key words: Standesamt+place where you were born.

Many registrar's offices in the meantime, take orders for reordering birth certificates by means of E-Mail.


The German phrase for asking for an international* birth certificate is:

„Ich bitte um Ausstellung einer internationalen Geburtsurkunde für ... (first name/middle name/last name), geboren am ... (date of birth) in ... (place of birth). Eltern: ... (name of father) geboren am ... (date of birth) in ... (place of birth) und ... (maiden name of mother) geboren am ... (date of birth) in ... (place of birth).“

Geburtsurkunde (Symbolbild)
Geburtsurkunde (Symbolbild) © dpa

We recommend requesting the international version of the birth certificate. This version is already translated into several languages, including English and French, and will save you the expense of a translation.


The German phrase for asking for an international* birth certificate is as follows:

„Ich bitte um Ausstellung einer internationalen Geburtsurkunde für ... (first name/middle name/last name), geboren am ... (date of birth) in ... (place of birth). Eltern: ... (name of father) geboren am ... (date of birth) in ... (place of birth) und ... (maiden name of mother) geboren am ... (date of birth) in ... (place of birth).“

Please indicate the month of your date of birth in letters and not with numbers, since doing so could lead to a mix-up (in Germany, the date 10/12/56 refers to December 10, 1956).

Please do not forget to mention your name and address!


Information about the fee will be sent to you with the certificate. Fees will normally have to be paid into a german account. More Information on this can be found on the Website of the relevant Registrar's Office or by telephonic enquiry. 


Obtaining birth certificates from former eastern German territories

In order to obtain a German birth certificate from the former eastern territories of the German Reich and Prussia, please contact the registrar's office „Standesamt 1“ in Berlin. The address is

Standesamt 1

Schönstedtstraße 5

13357 Berlin (Mitte)

Germany

e-Mail: urkundenstelle„at“labo.berlin.de.

If the relevant register is available at the Standesamt, a birth certificate will be issued. Otherwise (eg if registers have been destroyed during the war), you will receive written confirmation that the Standesamt is not in a position to issue a birth certificate in your case. When inquiring, please include a postal address, as birth certificates cannot be sent via e-Mail.

 More information on the website of the Standesamt 1 (in German only)


Birth Certificates for persons born in Namibia.

You can register a birth at the Embassy Windhoek for entry into the German Civil Registry. Further Information can be found here:

Beurkundung einer Geburt im Ausland

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