What is Birth Certificate?
A birth certificate is the most important document issued by the government that contain personal information about a child such as name, date of birth, place, gender, etc. It also has significant details about them like their parent’s information, their nationality, and the location and hospital details of their birth.
A birth certificate is later used by the individual to apply for other documents as they grow older. Birth Certificate is issued by the Municipal Corporation/Municipal Council in urban areas, Tehsildar in rural areas and Gram Panchayat in villages.
How to apply for a Birth Certificate in India?
You can apply for a birth certificate online and offline. Here are the steps for online process:
- Visit the website www.crsorgi.gov.in and www.birthcertificate.org.in
- To register, click on the sign up for ‘General Public.’
- Fill all your valid details like username, user ID, district or town/village, your mobile number, place of birth and so on.
- Enter the verification code and click on the Register tab.
- After registration, a ‘Thank You’ message will appear along with a prompt to check your email ID to confirm the registration.
- Your e-mail tells you to set up a new password for login.
- Set it up a password and sign in once again.
- A form will appear to fill in the name of your child’s details, his or her parent’s details, and the location.
- Fill it and submit after 24 hours.
- Take its print out and download on your computer
- Visit Registrar office to attest the form by him or the Sub-Registrar
Offline process for a birth certificate in India:
The forms are available free of cost from the office of the Registrar or can be downloaded from the website. Fill all the details and signed by the applicant and submitted to the concerned authorities. The cashier or clerk receives the application with the required fee and the applicant is given a receipt. This fee can also, be paid in the treasury on treasury challan form T.R.6. Certificate can be collected personally or they send by post in giving the self-addressed envelope with the application.
Apply through e-Mitra or Common Service Centers (CSC):
You can also apply at your nearest e-Mitra center which also known as Common Service Centers (CSC), they should be able to help you.
Documents and information required for birth certificate:
A birth certificate contains personal information so you must submit your form with following information and documents:
- Full Name (first, last, and middle)
- Age and Sex
- Date and Place of birth
- Parent’s names, ages, and places of birth
- Name and address of the attending physician or midwife
- Parent’s declaration in prescribed Performa
- Address proof copy of any one of the self-attested document (Voter ID Card, Electricity bill, Telephone bill, Passport, Ration card, Aadhaar card. etc.)
If birth take place in hospital then hospital in-charge is responsible to report concerned registrar.
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When and where:
When a child is born in a hospital, the form is provided by the Medical Officer In-charge. The birth must be reported within 21 days to the Registrar (B&D). If it crossed the limit of 21 days, parents must approach the office of the concerned Registrar (B&D) for registration of births. They must submit information in given form with delay range (more than 30 and less than 1 year), affidavit, permission letter from authority and delayed fee.
Why is a Birth Certificate important?
The birth certificate is very important for a child’s admission to schools or colleges, hospital benefits and in establishing inheritance and property claims. It is the first right of a child and establishes his or her identity. It becomes important for the following processes:
- Establishing age for insurance reasons
- Proving parentage
- Age proof for employment
- Age proof for marriage
- Admission to schools/colleges
- Establishing age for enrolling in Electoral Rolls
- Registering in NPR (National Population Register)
- Application for a passport
- Immigration requirements (like getting a green card)
A person without a birth certificate will not be identified as an Indian citizen & will not be eligible to reap all the benefits/ rights.