Parents have 15 days following the day of the birth – including Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays – to declare the birth of a child. This must be done at the civil registry in the municipality where the child was born. In some municipalities, you can also register your child at the maternity clinic.
To declare your child, you need the following documents:
- the record of the birth (which you obtain from the hospital or the midwife)
- your identity card
- possibly your marriage book or deed of accreditation
You will receive a number of birth certificates during the declaration. You need them, for example, to apply for child allowance and to provide them to the health insurance fund.
All the information about what you need to arrange following the birth of a child can be found at the portal website of the Federal Government.
- For more information, you can also contact the civil registry of your municipality.
- In the booklet 'Wegwijs in werk en ouderschap' (Tips for work and parenthood) from the Federal Government, you can read about your rights and obligations as a new parent at work.
- Kind en Gezin offers various publications to guide you in your role as a parent.
- For French speakers, the Office de la Naissance et de l’Enfance (ONE) provides a whole range of information booklets (website only available in French).
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