How to register your newborn baby in Spain?

How to register your newborn baby in Spain?

2021-08-24 14:41:09

If you have a newborn baby, or you are planning to have a baby, this article is for you. As you may imagine, you need to go through several necessary and recommended bureaucratic processes for the little one. In this article, we will mention many important things you need to think of at this point, but we will focus on registering the new birth.

1. Registering the new birth

This is the most important thing you need to take care of because birth registration is the first step towards a legal identity.

Birth registration at the civil registry office tends to officially record the fact that the baby has been born, place of birth, sex, and details of the parents if applicable.

1. Where to register?

Normally, births must be registered at the Municipal or Consular Registry corresponding to where the baby was born.

However, within the Spanish territory can also be registered at the municipal civil registry office (Registro Civil) corresponding to the area/region of Spain where his/her parents live.

2. When to register?

Any person who has a duty to register the birth must do so within 10 days at a Civil Registry.

However, this can be extended to 30 days when the due cause is provided.

3. Who has the right to do the registration?

  • Father of the kid
  • Mother of the kid
  • The closest relative or, any adult present at the birth who can verify that the baby was born.
  • The head of the maternity unit or household where the baby was born.
  • In the case of abandoned babies, the person who found the abandoned baby.

4. What documents are needed to register a new birth?

To answer this question, we need to be careful that there are two different situations. The first one is a child born within marriage, the other one is a child born outside of marriage because the documents required for both situations are quite different.

1) Child born within marriage:

  • Medical certificate for the birth (provided by the hospital):
    • with the full name of the baby
    • qualifications
    • registration number of the person signing the certificate
  • Marriage certificate (translated to Spain) or family book if applicable
  • Both DNI or NIE documents of the parents

2)Child born outside marriage

  • Medical certificate for the birth (provided by the hospital):
    • with the full name of the baby
    • qualifications
    • Registration number of the person signing the certificate
  • DNI or NIE documents of both parents
  • Indication of the mother’s marital status: In the case of a prior marriage, the legal presumption of paternity must be removed by providing:
    • Marriage certificate (of the prior marriage) and the separation or divorce decree (witnessed).
    • Facto separation: two witnesses must accompany the interested party to the Registry

3) What other documents might you need?

  • Provide additional details to complete the registration:
    1. birthdate, time, and place
    2. the baby’s sex
    3. the mother’s name
    4. other possible details

To get registered it’s recommended to include the passport and copies of passport, and pardon certificate. It’s recommended to get your documents fully translated before your child is born! (Hopefully, we are not late to mention this).

You can always check the newest version of documents needed

2. Do you need to get a Spanish birth certificate?

Yes. You have several forms to choose from, you can consult the available forms here.

3. Can you register the baby in your home country?

This really depends on the country. For example in the UK, you can follow this short guide here:

  • You can register a birth abroad using the official government website
  • You will need to complete the online form, make the payment online and then send the application form and translated documents to the relevant address in the UK
  • Registration is usually completed within 5 days starting from the moment you submit the application

4. Other procedures you might need to carry out after the registry

After doing the registry, you can also do the following things to welcome the arrival of the new family member:

5. Recommendations from Adeslas:

Here in Adeslas, we care about you and the whole family. We offer the best private medical insurance, dental insurance, and accident insurance to protect the safety of you and the new birth.

Our medical insurance covers the need for pregnancy and healthcare for newborns without extra fees.

New birth and recently pregnant moms may sometimes encounter discomfort because of the special stage of life they are in. With our insurance, you will get the best medical treatment with the least queuing time to ensure your health and safety. Go check the offers out!


[1] Registering a birth at the Civil Registry in Spain - Minor children – Citizens’ and family rights - Citizens - Your rights and obligations in the EU - Tu espacio europeo - Inicio. (2021). Retrieved 17 August 2021, from

Our contents will be updated according to the most recent legislation. Last update: 24/08/2021

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