Birth - non-married parents [fr]

In the event that the parents are not married, the presence of both parents is essential.

1/ Pre-birth acknowledgement of the child

Parents are strongly advised to formally acknowledge their child before the birth. This procedure is done at the Consulate. A certificate of acknowledgement must be established immediately by a civil registrar and signed by both parents. The civil registrar will then provide a copy of the document, which will have to be presented on the occasion of the declaration of birth.

The following documents must be provided on at the time of the joint pre-birth acknowledgment of the child:

- passport or national ID document of both parents;

- recent copies of the unabridged birth certificates of both parents;

- medical certificate certifying pregnancy.

2/ Declaration or transcription of birth

The following documents must be provided at the time of the registration of birth:

- certificate of joint pre-birth acknowledgement of the child;

- passport or national ID document of both parents;

- recent copies of the unabridged birth certificates of both parents;

- in the event of a declaration, within 30 days maximum following the birth:

  • ORIGINAL birth certificate from the hospital (proof of birth);
  • copy of the Unabridged Birth Certificate issued by Home Affairs.

- in the event of a transcription:

  • original copy of the Unabridged Birth Certificate issued by Home Affairs - you are advised to request two copies as the copy submitted to the Consulate will not be returned;
  • transcription of birth request

IMPORTANT: A simple photocopy, even a true copy certified by a Notary Public, or a certificate that does not contain a registration number, are not admissible. Similarly, certificates containing errors must have been corrected by the local authorities prior to being transcribed. This certificate may then be stamped with the DIRCO seal, either directly by the parents or by the Consulate. Transcriptions can have a relatively long turnaround time. Finally, it is worth noting that any and all accents must appear on the child’s first names.

- joint declaration of the surname selected, for the first common child born to the couple after 1 January 2005.

IMPORTANT: The surname chosen for the first common child shall apply to other common children born to this couple. The choice of surname is final.

publié le 10/02/2015

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