Birth

Make an appointment at the maternity if you only make a birth declaration for the mother, if you are married or if you have already received a prenatal recognition!

The birth registration offices at the Saint-Jean Clinic and Saint-Pierre Hospital will be closed in August 2019. During this period, all birth declarations will only be made at the Administrative Centre.

You are not married and expecting a baby? By prenatal recognition you can formally confirm the paternity (father or co-mother) of your unborn child.

Please note: legal cohabitation does not mean that cohabitants are exempt from early recognition.

How to apply?

Early recognition must be requested by the parents in the municipality where the mother or the candidate for recognition lives.

Both parents must be present by appointment, only at the counter of the Administrative Centre of the City of Brussels.

The mother's permission is required.

The mother must be pregnant and unmarried or divorced/widowed for more than 300 days.

Required documents

  • A pregnancy certificate (this certificate must state the expected date of birth)
  • The ID documents of the parents
  • The nationality certificate of the parents (not necessary if you are registered in Belgium)
  • Proof of parents' place of residence (not required if you are registered in Belgium)
  • Proof of parents being unmarried (not necessary if you are registered in Belgium)
  • The individuality certificate if the information is not identical on all submitted documents

Please note:

  • All these documents must be legalized or provided with an apostille, possibly translated by a sworn translator and recent (less than 3 months).
  • If you are registered in Belgium and have a National Register number, you must check whether your information has been registered with the municipality where you are staying (for example: civil status, name, address...).
  • If necessary, additional documents can be requested (for example: law certificate).

Rate

  • Free

Waiting period (two-step procedure)

1st step: preparation of the declaration of recognition against delivery of the aforementioned documents

  • A decision is taken either immediately or within a maximum of two to five months if the request requires a thorough analysis under the law of 19 September 2017 on the fight against fraudulent recognition
  • Please note: if all requested documents are not provided, the declaration of recognition cannot be made.
  • Please note: there is no parentage bond if one of the parents only wants to take advantage by having a recognition certificate drawn up with regard to the stay. The decision is taken within a period of 2 months, which can be extended by 3 months by the public prosecutor.

2nd step: drafting the recognition certificate

Good to know

The parents have the option of giving their children the name of the father/companion mother, the name of the mother or a combination of the two names in the desired order.

More info (in French)

The birth declaration is a compulsory step that allows you to draw up your child's birth certificate. Every birth that takes place on the territory of the City of Brussels must be reported to the Civil Registry officer within 15 calendar days following the birth.

How to apply?

Only by appointment, at the counter of the Administrative Centre or in the hospitals of the City of Brussels (CHU Saint-Pierre, Saint-Jean Hospital, CHU Brugmann).

Who?

For unmarried parents:

  • The presence of both parents is mandatory in the event of immediate recognition in the birth certificate.
  • If prenatal recognition has already been established in advance, the presence of only one parent is sufficient.

For married parents who live at the same address:

  • Presence of the father/companion or mother.

For married parents who have been living at different addresses for more than 300 days:

  • The presence of both parents is mandatory.

For single mothers:

  • Only the presence of the mother is required.

Required documents

Married parents:

  • The certificate from the clinic and/or (in case of home birth) midwife
  • The ID card of the declarant(s)
  • Your wedding booklet if you are married in Belgium
  • Please note: if you are married outside Belgium, make sure that your marriage is registered by the municipality where you live and that it is recorded in the national register
  • Proof of marriage if you are not registered in Belgium
  • The individuality certificate if the information is not identical on all submitted documents

Non-married parents with prenatal recognition of the child:

  • The certificate from the clinic and/or (in case of home birth) midwife
  • The ID card of the declarant(s)
  • Prenatal recognition certificate (if the father or companion has previously recognized the child at the municipality)
  • Please note: for the prenatal recognition that has been done abroad, you must also ensure that it is in accordance with Belgian law
  • The individuality certificate if the information is not identical on all submitted documents

Unmarried parents without prenatal recognition of the child (in accordance with Article 327/2 of the Civil Code):

  • The certificate from the clinic and/or (in case of home birth) midwife
  • The ID card of the declarant(s)
  • The nationality certificate of the parents (not necessary if you are registered in Belgium)
  • Proof of parents' place of residence (not required if you are registered in Belgium)
  • Proof of parents being unmarried (not necessary if you are registered in Belgium)
  • The individuality certificate if the information is not identical on all submitted documents

Single mothers:

  • The certificate from the clinic and/or (in case of home birth) midwife
  • The mother's ID card
  • Proof of marital status if you are not registered in Belgium
  • The individuality certificate if the information is not identical on all submitted documents

Please note:

  • All these documents must be legalized or provided with an apostille, possibly translated by a sworn translator and recent (less than 3 months).
  • If you are registered in Belgium and have a National Register number, you must check whether your information has been registered with the municipality where you are staying (for example: civil status, name, address...).
  • If necessary, additional documents can be requested (for example: law certificate).

Rate

  • Free

Waiting period

Immediately if paternity or motherhood recognition is not required.

If recognition is required, the procedure takes place in two steps:

  • 1st step: preparation of the declaration of recognition against delivery of the aforementioned documents
    • A decision is taken either immediately or within a maximum of two to five months if the request requires a thorough analysis under the law of 19 September 2017 on the fight against fraudulent recognition
    • Please note: if all requested documents are not provided, the declaration of recognition cannot be made.
    • Please note: there is no parentage bond if one of the parents only wants to take advantage by having a recognition certificate drawn up with regard to the stay. The decision is taken within a period of 2 months, which can be extended by 3 months by the public prosecutor.
  • 2nd step: drafting the recognition certificate

With the birth registration the service provides:

  • 1 extract from the birth certificate
  • 1 document for the child benefit (only issued once, in the event of loss you must contact the child benefit fund)
  • 1 document for the health insurance company (only provided once, in case of loss you must contact the health insurance company)
  • 1 document regarding the compulsory polio vaccination, to be completed by the doctor or during the consultation with ONE or Kind & Gezin and subsequently to be submitted to the municipality where the child lives

Name of the child

The parents have the option of giving their children the name of the father/companion mother, the name of the mother or a combination of the two names in the desired order.

Note: for a first child, it is mandatory to take the Model Declaration of Name Declaration document, signed by both parents: Modèle de déclaration de choix de nom.

First name(s) of the child

The determination of the first name of a child is governed by the law of the state of which the child has the nationality.

According to Belgian law, the choice of first name or given names is free, but the Civil Registry official can refuse the first name in the following cases:

  • The first name is confusing (for example, a typical girl's name for a boy or vice versa)
  • The first name can harm the child (for example, a ridiculous, absurd or offensive name)
  • The first name can harm third parties (for example, an existing family name is given as a first name to a child, although this is not common)

For more information, contact the Registry Office of your municipality.

More info (in French)

If you have a child whose descent is only established on the mother's side, you can have the descent of the father or the companion mother established in a deed with the Civil Registry Officer, in the municipality where the child, mother or candidate for recognition lives, or in the municipality where the child was born.

How to apply?

Both parents must be present by appointment, only at the counter of the Administrative Centre of the City of Brussels. The presence of the child is mandatory if it is older than 12 years. The mother's permission is required.

Exceptions:

The presence of one parent is sufficient:

  • if an authentic deed of consent to the recognition of the child's mother was drawn up by a notary
  • if there is a judgment for the recognition of the father or the companion without the consent of the mother

Required documents

Required documents in accordance with article 327/2 of the Civil Code:

  • The child's birth certificate (not necessary if the child was born in Belgium)
  • The identity documents of the declarant(s)
  • The deed of consent of the mother and/or the adult child (for the recognition of children born abroad)
  • The nationality certificate of the parents (not necessary if you are registered in Belgium)
  • Proof of parents' place of residence (not required if you are registered in Belgium)
  • Proof of parents being unmarried (not necessary if you are registered in Belgium)
  • The individuality certificate if the information is not identical on all submitted documents

Please note:

  • All these documents must be legalized or provided with an apostille, possibly translated by a sworn translator and recent (less than 3 months).
  • If you are registered in Belgium and have a National Register number, you must check whether your information has been registered with the municipality where you are staying (for example: civil status, name, address...).
  • If necessary, additional documents can be requested (for example: law certificate).

Rate

  • Free

Waiting period (two-step procedure)

1st step: preparation of the declaration of recognition against delivery of the aforementioned documents

  • A decision is taken either immediately or within a maximum of two to five months if the request requires a thorough analysis under the law of 19 September 2017 on the fight against fraudulent recognition
  • Please note: if all requested documents are not provided, the declaration of recognition cannot be made.
  • Please note: there is no parentage bond if one of the parents only wants to take advantage by having a recognition certificate drawn up with regard to the stay. The decision is taken within a period of 2 months, which can be extended by 3 months by the public prosecutor.

2nd step: drafting the recognition certificate

More info (in French)