Birth register, subsequent certification of a birth abroad in the German birth register (residence or habitual abode in Germany)

If you or a close relative were born abroad, you can apply for subsequent certification of the birth in the German birth register at the registry office.

There is no obligation for subsequent certification - duly issued birth certificates from abroad are generally recognized in Germany. However, the subsequent entry in the birth register can be advantageous, because the local registry office can then issue you a German birth certificate. Any translations and certifications of the foreign certificate are therefore not required.

Onlineantrag und Formulare

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Zuständige Stelle

Registry office of the municipality or city administration

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Warum soll ich einen Ort angeben?
Mit Hilfe der Ortsangabe können wir die für Sie passenden Informationen, Formulare, Dienste und Ihre zuständige Stelle anzeigen.
Welchen Ort soll ich angeben?
Zum Beispiel Ihren Wohnort, wenn Sie einen Reisepass beantragen wollen oder den Unternehmensstandort, wenn Sie ein Gewerbe anmelden möchten.

Service details


The subsequent certification of birth is possible for

  • German citizens
  • stateless persons, homeless foreigners and foreign refugees who habitually reside in Germany.

Entitled to apply are

  • the person to be registered
  • their parents
  • their children
  • their spouse or civil partner.


For details on the procedure, call the registry office in advance.

  • Compile the necessary documents and visit the registry office.
  • The registrar will check whether it is possible to have the birth certified by a German registry office.
  • If the requirements are met, the entry can be made in the birth register.

If required, the registry office will issue you a birth certificate after the registration has taken place.

Required documents

  • Foreign birth certificate with translation; if necessary legalization/apostille
  • Valid ID card, passport or travel permit
  • Marriage and birth certificates of the parents of the person to whom the entry relates
  • If applicable, naturalization certificate/citizenship certificate

In addition, the presentation of further documents may be required - inquire about this in advance at the registry office.


  • Certified entry in the birth register: EUR 75.00 (EUR 100.00 if foreign legal regulations need to be observed)
  • Birth certificate/certified printout from the birth register: EUR 10.00
  • International birth certificate: EUR 10.00
  • Each additional certificate (if issued at the same time): EUR 5.00

Additional services such as the issuance of an apostille or translations may result in further costs and fees.


If neither you as the applicant nor the adult child/minor and his or her parents live in Germany, apply for the subsequent certification at the Registry Office I (Standesamt I) in Berlin.

Release note

Saxon State Ministry of the Interior. 10.01.2020