Birth registration card definition

New parents have a sizable amount of paperwork to fill in and request after their child is born. That adds up to the actual pregnancy and birth, and ensuring the baby is well taken care of.

There may be some confusion regarding birth registration (and birth registration card) and birth certificate. They are not the same thing, although they both refer to the same occurrence — the birth of the child — and they are both necessary steps.

Let’s see what the difference is and how and when to register a birth.

What Is a Birth Registration Card?

The birth registration card can take several forms and be called differently depending on the state and even the year the child is born. Essentially, it is a confirmation that the birth was registered correctly.

Some states actually issue a receipt, hence the card. If this is applicable to your case, you may receive written confirmation of the registration via mail some days or weeks after the birth.

Remember: failing to register the birth of your child is considered a violation of the newborn’s human rights. Birth registration is the official and permanent proof of a person’s existence. It is also a mandatory requirement for a newborn to obtain a birth certificate, making it the individual’s first proof of identity.

The staff at the hospital or other facility where your child was born will be able to assist you with filling out and filing the forms for birth registration.

How Do I Get a Birth Registration Card?

Please note that not all states issue a card to confirm the correct registration of the birth. In fact, these cards were mostly used in the past and have been abandoned by the majority of state authorities.

It should also be noted that although birth registration is mandatory and a requirement for birth certificates, the birth registration card cannot be used as proof of identity.

The Difference Between a Birth Certificate and a Birth Registration Card

Birth certificates can be used as official proof of identity and must, therefore, be kept. They may be required, for example, to apply for benefits, enroll in a school or with the military, obtain a passport, and even to sign a work contract.

If you are a new parent and have registered the birth correctly, you can expect your local office for vital records to send you the newborn’s birth certificate via mail. This is often the only consequence of the birth having been registered, although they are 2 separate processes.

If you have lost or misplaced your birth certificate or that of your child, it is essential that you apply for replacement.