Registration of a child’s birth

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The birth of a child born abroad to German parent(s) can be registered at the competent registrar’s office in Germany. There is no legal obligation to register the birth of a child to a German parent abroad, nor to request a German birth certificate.

However, there is one exemption:

Children who were born outside of Germany to one or more German parent(s) who themselves were also born abroad on or after January 1st, 2000, will no longer automatically acquire the German citizenship through the sole principle of descent from a German parent unless the German parent(s) register(s) the birth with the competent German mission abroad within one year of the birth of the child.

More information on the new rules for German parents who were born outside of Germany after December 31st, 1999


Process

The German Embassy Port-of-Spain will forward the completed application form with the needed documents to the responsible registrar’s office in Germany. The list of the needed documents can be found on the right side.

The registrar’s office responsible for children born abroad is the registrar’s office in the place where the child or the applicant has his/her residence in Germany. In this case the birth can be register directly with the local registrar’s office.

If none of the applicants have a residence in Germany, the primary registrar's office in Berlin (Standesamt I in Berlin) is responsible for recording the birth and issuing a birth certificate.

The parents of the child, the child him-/herself and his/her spouse, partner and children are entitled to register the birth of a German citizen born abroad. Any one of these people can independently submit a request to have the birth registered.

In certain cases, a declaration of the child’s name when applying for a passport is necessary. This declaration differs from the birth certificate, but it can be given as well together when registering the birth.

More information on name declaration for a child

Fee

The fees for registering births and conducting the associated formalities are depending on where in Germany the registrar’s office is located. At the primary registrar's office in Berlin the following fees may apply:

The fee for registering the birth amounts between 60,-€ to 80, - €. The birth certificate amounts to 20,-€, for every additional certificate which is ordered at the same time an extra fee of 5,-€ will apply. The fees for recording the birth must be transferred to the account of the registrar’s office only after the process. The applicant will receive a letter with detailed information.

At the German Embassy additional fees for certifying copies (10,-€) and for signature certification (25,-€) may apply: The fee is converted into TT $ according to the daily exchange rate at the German Embassy and can be paid in cash or credit card.

It can take up to three years for the Standesamt I in Berlin to process the registration of a birth. The German Embassy has no influence on the registration process and cannot provide any information as to the current status of any application. We cannot provide estimates on how long registration takes at other German registrar’s offices.

If the submitted documents are not in English or German a translations is needed.

In individual cases, further documents may be required.