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.