Registration of birth of a child in South Africa with the German birth register

In the interest of a child born in South Africa it is advisable to have that child’s birth registered in the German birth register. The competent public register is normally the one where both parents have or one parent has their place of residence in Germany. If both parents live abroad the public register I in Berlin is the competent authority. 

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The registration of birth can be made via the German Embassy in Pretoria or Consulate in Cape Town. There is no specific deadline for the registration of your child, it is, however, advisable to register a child’s birth shortly after birth. If at the time of birth of a child father and mother do not have a joint family name a name declaration is as well necessary.

If you want to register your child’s birth via the Embassy in Pretoria then we kindly ask you to make an appointment via e-mail. If you want to register your child’s birth via the Consulate in Cape Town you may do so during the regular office hours from 9am to 12am from Monday to Friday. If a name declaration has to be done or if you at the same time want to apply for a passport for your child then both parents have to be present at the Embassy or Consulate. Otherwise it does suffice if only one parent acts on behalf of the child.

Please fill in the attached form for registration of a child’s birth and also add the following documents as original, plus two ordinary (not certified) copies.

  • your child’s unabridged birth certificate
  • unabridged marriage certificate if applicable
  • both parent’s passports
  • both parent’s unabridged birth certificates
  • paternity acknowledgement (if relevant)
  • if applicable certificate on mother’s current family name
  • divorce decree (if relevant)
  • death certificate of late spouse (if relevant)

On a case by case basis additional documents may be required. The copies you provide will be certified by the Embassy or Consulate. Your originals or certified copies you handed in will be handed back to you right away.

The fee for registration of a child’s birth and issuance of the requested number of birth certificates differs depending in which federal state the competent public register is situated. The public register in Berlin charges as follows:

The fee for registration in the birth register amounts to 60,- Euro. Another 20,- Euro are added if foreign law has to be assessed. The fee per birth certificate is currently 10,- Euro and another 5,- Euro for every additional birth certificate requested at the same time. The registration is only processed after payment. The applicants receive information on methods of payment after the application was filed.

The fee at the Embassy or Consulate for the application for registration in the birth register amounts to 20,- Euro. If a name declaration needs to be done, too, the fee is 25,- Euro. An additional 10,- Euro are due in both cases for the certification of copies. All fees are only payable in ZAR according to the respective exchange rate, this amount can be paid in cash or credit card (Master or Visa cards only).

Please note that the public register in Berlin may take up to three or four years to process your application. 

Registration of birth

Birth certificate

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Opening hours, appointments and contact details

Consular/Passport Section Pretoria

Passport Section

Online appointments (no fee)

Appointment required for application          

Passport collection (no appointment required):

Monday - Friday

08:00-11:30

Telephone enquiries:

Monday - Thursday

08:00-14:00

Friday
08:00-13:00

Telephone

+27 (0)12 427 8900

Public Holidays 2017

Reception

Opening hours for consular matters (excluding passport and visa issues):

No appointment required for:

- Certification of signatures and copies
- Translation of drivers licenses
- "Lebensbescheinigung"

Please make an appointment for the following consular services:

- Registration of births
- Name declarations
- other civil status matters (e.g. adoption, divorce)
- Notarisation (e.g. certificate of inheritance, acknowledgement of paternity)

Monday - Friday

08:00-11:30

Enquiries via telephone and e-mail: 

Monday - Thursday

08:00-14:00

Friday

08:00-13:00

Telephone

+27 (0)12 427 8900

Contact via e-mail

Address

201 Florence Ribeiro Avenue, Groenkloof, Pretoria 0181

Phone:
+27 (0)12 427 8900

Consular/Passport Section Cape Town

On 21.04.2017 the passport and visa section is closed due to IT-works. Other consular services can only be carried out to a limited extent. Credit card payments will unfortunately not be possible.

Further information

Passport Section
Online appointments (no fee)
Application by appointment only
Passport collection (no appointment required):
Monday - Friday
9:00 - 12:00
Telephone and email enquiries:

Monday - Thursday only

14:00 - 16:00

Telephone
+27 (0)21 405 3052
Fax

+27 (0)21 421 0400 (South Africa)

+49 (0) 30 1817 67209 (Germany)
Public Holidays 2016
Directions to our office
Enquiries via e-mail
Further information on passports

OTHER CONSULAR SERVICES (No passport or visa

applications)

No appointment required for:

- Certification of signatures and copies

- Name declarations

- Registration of births or marriages in Germany

- Translation of drivers licenses

- "Lebensbescheinigungen"

- Confirmation of residence

Please make an appointment for the following

consular services:

- Citizenship matters (e.g. retention of German citizenship,

  naturalisation, determination of German citizenship)

- other civil status matters (e.g. adoption, divorce)

- notarisation )e.g. certificate of inheritance, acknowledge-

  ment of paternity)

Please make the appointment via e-mail

Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday       09:00 - 12:00
Telephone and e-mail enquiries:

Monday - Thursday

08:00 - 16:00
Friday
08:00 - 13:00
Telephone
+27 (0)21 405 3000
Fax

+27 (0)21 421 0400 (South Africa)

+49 (0) 30 1817 67209 (Germany)

Enquiries via e-mail

Further information on consular services

Address

Physical address:

Roeland Park / e-tv Building

4 Stirling Street

Entrance: top end of Stirling Street

Zonnebloem 7925 (District Six)

Postal address:

P.O. Box 4273

Cape Town, 8000

Honorary Consul, Durban

Enlarge image For the KwaZulu-Natal province, please contact the liaison office below.

Contact the Honorary Consul, Durban

When applying at the Honrary Consul's office in Durban applicants must fill in their visa-application online and bring the printed version with them.

Application in Durban

Organization
Honorary Consul: Horst Achtzehn
Address

Office hours

Mon - Fri

08:30 - 12:00

Consultation with Honorary Consul (only with appointment)

Mon - Fri
12:00 - 13:00

9 Kensington Drive, 
Westville, 
Durban 3629

Postal address:
P.O. Box 1166, 
Westville,
Durban 3630

Phone:
+27 (0)31 266 3920
Fax:
+27 (0)31 266 3925

Note: Report of birth to obtain German citizenship abroad

Traveling minor

Affected are those who were born outside of the limits of the Federal Republic of Germany and whose parents were also born abroad after the December 31st of 1999, if their habitual residence is not Germany. Children with these characteristics will not automatically obtain German nationality by birth anymore. Exceptions to this general rule are possible in cases of imminent statelessness.

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