Birth registration is the first proof that a child exists. It is a first right of a child and establishes his/her own identity. When a child is born, it becomes registered and receives a birth certificate. That’s the first legal document.
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT ?
If you don’t know how many children are born, you don’t know how to plan their health, their education in the future. It is the first document that proves that you exist, and then you can access other things.
For example, knowing the number of babies that exist in your country, as a government, helps to plan vaccination campaigns, how many schools to build, or how many teachers to train, and how much money to spend on new lives.
It becomes important for the following processes:
Establishing age for insurance reasons
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
A person without a birth certificate will not be identified as a citizen of the country & will not be eligible to reap all the benefits/ rights.
Two ways to apply for a Birth Certificate in India:
Online Registration Process
Offline Registration Process
Online Registration Process:
Below is the birth certificate process in India through an online website:
Visit the website crsorgi.gov.in
Look on the left where you will find a Sign-Up button
To register, click on the sign up for ‘General Public.’
The Signup box will appear as a pop-up. Fill all your valid details in this box like username, user ID, district or town/village, your mobile number, place of birth and so on.
If the field of the Registration Unit shows the username and is active, it means that your area is valid for online registration.
Enter the verification code and click on the Register tab.
After registration, a Thank You message will pop up along with a prompt to check your email ID to confirm the registration.
Check your email inbox. It will tell you to set up a new password for login.
Set it up and sign in once again.
A form will pop up to fill in the name of your child, his or her parents, and the location.
Fill it and submit it after 24 hours.
Take its print out and download a soft copy on your computer
Visit the office of the Registrar of your region
Get the form attested either by him or the Sub-Registrar.
Offline Registration Process:
Get a birth certificate registration form by visiting your municipal corporation office
Submit the letter that was given by the hospital at the time of your baby’s birth by the medical in-charge.
Now you will have to fill the form within 21 days of your baby’s birth
Post that, the office will verify details such as place and time of birth, parents name, gender, address, nursing home/hospital etc.
If the verification is all in place, you will get the birth certificate sent to your address after 7-15 days.
Just to be sure, follow up with the office after 7 days.
If there is any urgency, you can in some cases get the birth certificate sent to you within a week by providing a self-addressed envelope.
In case your baby’s birth is not registered within 21 days, police verification will take place in order to issue it, directed by the revenue authorities. This usually tends to take a longer time, and hence you should register for your baby’s birth certificate as soon as your little one is born.
What documents does one require for such an application?
Marriage certificate of the parents
Proof of birth letter in hospital
Parents identity proof (for verification)
The registration fee for a birth certificate is 20 INR with a late fee added if you are applying after 21 days of the child’s birth.
Always remember to get your child’s birth certificate as soon as possible just after his/her birth!
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