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Birth certificate

Birth certificates are one of the most commonly used and translated documents in the world. Why? Because they contain personal information essential for a wide array of purposes. From registering a newborn or changing your name to getting married or applying for your first passport, birth certificates are a handy document when you are living abroad.

What is a birth certificate and why is it important?

A birth certificate is a civil document issued by a Register Office stating that a child has been born. Birth certificates usually detail the name, surname and sex of the newborn, place and date of the birth and his/her parents’ names, surnames and addresses as well as their civil status and professions.

Depending on the type of information included, birth certificates can be classified in short birth certificates (those containing only the child’s details) and full birth certificates (those including the parents’ details as well).

How do I get my birth certificate?

In the UK you can get a copy of your birth certificate from the General Register Office, either online or in person, or from the local register office where your birth was registered. In Scotland, you can also obtain your birth certificate through National Records of Scotland.

If you were born abroad and your parents didn’t registered your birth in the UK, they would have been given a local birth certificate. The civil registry or equivalent to the General Register Office in that country should be able to issue you with a copy that you can then translate and certify for use in the UK.

When is a birth certificate required?

A birth certificate can be requested as part of many different procedures. The most common ones include:

  • To apply for a passport
  • To register with a school
  • To get married
  • To register with a doctor
  • To get a driver’s license
  • To apply for your National Insurance number
Prince Louis' birth certificate
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Translating your birth certificate

Certified translations of birth certificates are required when a child is born abroad and the local birth certificate is in a language other than English. Birth certificates can also be translated and certified when being used for any procedure abroad (for instance, to prove your identity or age to foreign authorities) or when submitting it as a part of other procedures in a different country (for example, to get married overseas).

Most procedures require the birth certificate to be recent (typically less than 3 months old) but authorities require it some time before the event takes place (for example, a month in advance). This leaves a rather short window to get the translation sorted! At Dialexy we have taken this into account so that you only need to upload your birth certificate to our platform, sit back and relax. The cost will range from £30-£80 and you can be sure to have your certified translation done on time.

Do you require to use the birth certificate in more than one foreign countries? Don’t worry, we can help you with our multilingual certified translation service too!