A birth certificate is a vital record that documents the birth of a person. The term "birth certificate" can refer to either the original document certifying the circumstances of the birth or to a certified copy of or representation of the ensuing registration of that birth. Depending on the jurisdiction, a record of birth might or might not contain verification of the event by such as a midwife or doctor.
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 17, an integral part of the 2030 Agenda, has a target to increase the timely availability of data regarding age, gender, race, ethnicity, and other relevant characteristics which documents like a birth certificate has the capacity to provide.
Birth Certificate Application Details
Purpose of Birth Certificate
It is mandatory for every resident in West Bengal to apply for the birth certificate and register birth, as it proves the nationality of a person. The birth certificate is also useful for various purpose like for admission in school, to obtain a passport, voter card, driving license etc.
Registering Birth in West Bengal
In West Bengal, Birth registration performs under the following categories:
- For births in a Government Hospital: The person can obtain the birth certificate from the Health Officer office within 21 days from the date of birth.
- For births in a Private Hospital: The person can obtain a birth certificate from the respective borough up to one year.
- For birth in a House: The birth certificate can be obtained from the borough, but the Head of Family should report events of birth to the concerned Ward Health Unit for Registration.
- Proof of place of birth issued by the medical institution where the child was born.
- Parents address proof.
- Parents identity proof
- Marriage certificate of the parent is optional.