Birth Certificate

A birth certificate is your first form of identification. It is a permanent and official record of your existence, mandatory by law.

Different processes require different kinds of documents. So, let’s find the ones you need.

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Where can I use it?

A birth certificate can be handy in any situation that requires you to produce proof of birth, age, year and place of birth. It is most helpful while applying for admission to schools/colleges, employment, insurance, marriage registration, voter ID, and benefits of social welfare schemes.

How do I get it?

You can easily get a birth certificate by submitting an application, in person or online, with a registrar at the municipality office, panchayat or other local authorities under the State governments and Union Territories.

When can I collect it?

The certificate gets mailed to the address provided in the birth form within 7-10 days from the date of application. You can also visit the registrar’s office after 7-10 days to collect it yourself.

Can I make corrections to it?

Yes, you can get any information corrected on your birth certificate by visiting the registrar’s office in person. No additional fees will be charged for this.

What if I can’t get a birth certificate?

Alternatively, you can get a Non-Availability Certificate (NAC) from the registrar if your birth is not found registered with them. You can also use a sworn affidavit along with other official documentation like Aadhaar Card, Pan Card, Matriculation certificate, etc.

What if I lose it?

You first need to file a complaint with the police and then visit the nearest registrar’s office. Along with a copy of the complaint, you will need to submit an affidavit, proof of identity and address to the registrar.

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