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Birth Indication

The birth of a child must be notified to the competent authority in whose jurisdiction it was born.
In the case of births in clinics or other obstetric facilities, the notification is made by them.

Further provisions apply to the notification of a home birth .

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the municipality, the joint municipality and the city in whose area of responsibility the child was born. As a rule, this task is incumbent on the registry office.

Which documents are required?

  • in the case of parents who are married to each other
    • Birth certificaten
    • marriage certificate or a certified copy from the marriage register,
  • in the case of parents who are not married to each other
    • Mother's birth certificate
    • if paternity has already been acknowledged:
      • Declarations on acknowledgment of paternity
      • Father's birth certificate
      • if applicable, the declarations of custody
  • Identity card, passport or a recognized passport replacement document of the parents
  • a certificate of birth issued by a doctor or midwife/maternity nurse, if they were present at the birth.

A marriage certificate must also be presented if the marriage has already been dissolved.

What are the fees?

Fees may apply, please contact the competent authority.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

The birth of a child must be reported to the competent authority within one week.

The date of birth is not included in the calculation of the notification period.

If a child is stillborn or died in childbirth, the notification must be made no later than the third working day following the birth.

What else should I know?

On the basis of the notarization made in the birth register , a birth certificate can be issued upon request.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of the Interior and Sport


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Data protection information

Landkreis Emsland
Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen
Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62 , 49705 Meppen
Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Station Haltestelle Kreishaus
Bus: 993

Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible
bank account:
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Emsländische Volksbank
IBAN: DE26266600600120050000
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Sparkasse Emsland
IBAN: DE39266500010000001339
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Postbank Hannover
IBAN: DE36250100300012132306


Marc-André Burgdorf
responsible for:
Bernd Otten (Datenschutzbeauftragter)
Telephone: 05931 44-1605
Fax: 05931 44-391605
responsible for:

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen
Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover
Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)