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.

How to apply?

Physical presence of both parents at the counter of the Administrative Centre of the City. The mother must be pregnant and unmarried or divorced/widowed for more than 300 days.

Attention: depending on your personal situation, the file will be investigated by an official and made in two times.

Required documents

  • a pregnancy certificate
  • the ID documents of the parents
  • the certificate of nationality of the parents (not necessary if you are registered in Belgium)
  • proof of the place of residence of the parents (not necessary if you are registered in Belgium)
  • proof of being unmarried of the parents (not necessary if you are registered in Belgium)

All these documents must be legalized or provided with an apostille, possibly translated by a sworn translator and recent (less than 3 months).

You can not provide your birth certificate? You can provide a consular act or a statutory declaration issued by a justice of peace of your place of residence.

Please note: if you are registered in the National Register, please check whether your information has been registered with the municipality where you are staying (for example, civil status, name, address,...).

Rate

  • Free

Waiting period

Procedure in two steps:

  • 1st step: preparation of the declaration of recognition against delivery of the aforementioned documents (maximum 1 month or 3 months if there is doubt about the authenticity of the documents).

Please note: if all requested documents are not provided, the recognition declaration can not be made.

  • 2nd step: drafting the recognition certificate.

Please note: according to the law of 19 September 2017 (about the fight against fraudulent recognitions), if there is doubt about the possibility that one of the parents only wants to take advantage by having a recognition certificate drawn up with regard to the stay, the file can be refused or handed over to the Public Prosecution Service for thorough analysis (conditionally from 2 to 5 months maximum).

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?

At the counter of the Administrative Centre or the hospitals of the City of Brussels (Saint-Jean Clinic or St. Peter Hospital).

If you are married and live at the same address, or if you did a prenatal recognition, the declaration of one of the parents is sufficient. If you are married but living at a different address for more than 300 days, or if you do not have prenatal recognition, the declaration must be made by both parents.

Attention: if there is a recognition of paternity or a co-mother, the procedure is carried out twice.

Required documents

  • ID documents
  • If you are married in Belgium: marriage certificate
  • If you are married abroad but have not registered your civil status with the municipality: regularize the situation at the Population Service
  • If you are not married:
    • act of prenatal recognition if the child was recognized before birth (see prenatal recognition)
    • the ID documents of the parents
    • the certificate of nationality of the parents (not necessary if you are registered in Belgium)
    • proof of the place of residence of the parents (not necessary if you are registered in Belgium)
    • proof of being unmarried of the parents (not necessary if you are registered in Belgium)
  • Individuality certificate if the information is not identical on all submitted documents

All these documents must be legalized or provided with an apostille, possibly translated by a sworn translator and recent (less than 3 months).

You can not provide your birth certificate? You can provide a consular act or a statutory declaration issued by a justice of peace of your place of residence.

Please note: if you are registered in the National Register, please check whether your information has been registered with the municipality where you are staying (for example, civil status, name, address,...).

Rate

  • Free

Waiting period

Immediately if no recognition of fatherhood or co-mother has to be made.

If there is a recognition, procedure in two steps:

  • 1st step: preparation of the declaration of recognition against delivery of the aforementioned documents (maximum 1 month or 3 months if there is doubt about the authenticity of the documents).

Please note: if all requested documents are not provided, the recognition declaration can not be made.

  • 2nd step: drafting the recognition certificate.

Please note: according to the law of 19 September 2017 (about the fight against fraudulent recognitions), if there is doubt about the possibility that one of the parents only wants to take advantage by having a recognition certificate drawn up with regard to the stay, the file can be refused or handed over to the Public Prosecution Service for thorough analysis (conditionally from 2 to 5 months maximum).

After the birth of the child, the parentage of the father or co-mother can be determined in a procedure before the officer of the Civil Registry.

How to apply?

Both parents must be present at the counter.

Exceptions:

  • The presence of one parent is sufficient:
    • if there is a deed of agreement with the recognition by the mother of the child
    • if there is a judgment for the recognition of the father or co-mother without the consent of the mother
  • The presence of the child is required if it is over 12 years old

Required documents

  • the birth certificate of the child
  • the ID documents of the parents
  • the certificate of nationality of the parents (not necessary if you are registered in Belgium)
  • proof of the place of residence of the parents (not necessary if you are registered in Belgium)
  • proof of being unmarried of the parents (not necessary if you are registered in Belgium)

All these documents must be legalized or provided with an apostille, possibly translated by a sworn translator and recent (less than 3 months).

You can not provide your birth certificate? You can provide a consular act or a statutory declaration issued by a justice of peace of your place of residence.

Please note: if you are registered in the National Register, please check whether your information has been registered with the municipality where you are staying (for example, civil status, name, address,...).

Rate

  • Free

Waiting period

Procedure in two steps:

  • 1st step: preparation of the declaration of recognition against delivery of the aforementioned documents (maximum 1 month or 3 months if there is doubt about the authenticity of the documents).

Please note: if all requested documents are not provided, the recognition declaration can not be made.

  • 2nd step: drafting the recognition certificate.

Please note: according to the law of 19 September 2017 (about the fight against fraudulent recognitions), if there is doubt about the possibility that one of the parents only wants to take advantage by having a recognition certificate drawn up with regard to the stay, the file can be refused or handed over to the Public Prosecution Service for thorough analysis (conditionally from 2 to 5 months maximum).