Spanish civil birth registration stands as the most detailed genealogical record in the world. Having a baby in Spain requires a few procedures that you need to be aware of and understand rigorously. You have to register the birth of your child and get the Spanish birth certificate. You should keep all the required documentation before you visit the office for registry for a quick and easy process. You need to go to the civil registry office called Registro Civil in the area of Spain where your child is born.
The registration is required to be done in person and the required period is within 8 days of birth with an extension of 30 more days. You should not be weary of collecting the medical delivery report which is provided by the hospital. Also, you need the marriage certificate and the DNI documents of the parents. Any relative can do the registration as long as s/he has the above documentations. For a child born outside marriage the process is a little different. Both the parents must be present for the registry. The medical delivery report as well as the DNI documents of the parents is required. The mother’s marital status must be clarified. If the mother was previously married then the marriage certificate and the divorce decree must be produced. If it was a de facto separation then two witnesses should be present.
You should be well prepared with all sorts of documents including passports of both parents and the Spanish Padron which must be collected from the town hall. A good advice would be to be prepared in advance and start collecting the documents before your child is born to avoid extra pressure and responsibilities during the hectic week of childbirth. It is well known that there are legal and bureaucratic complications in Spain and they require comprehensive and rigorous processes. You should hence be equipped with all necessary documents beforehand.
There are two types of birth certificates including a full version and a short version. The short version has the name of the child, name of the parents, birth date and few other details. A full version is required for foreign nationals who are residents in Spain for registration with consulates. You can also register the birth in UK with the British Embassy. The process is quite simple but a little costly. You can register via their website with a charge of £105 and a further £65 for a copy of the birth certificate. In certain scenarios your child is entitled to benefits from the UK even though you are living in Spain. You can check their website for information regarding this matter. If you want to register your child as a British citizen you can do it by visiting the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The birth record will generally consider a rich array of information in Spain including Place and date of child’s birth, full name, profession and place of birth of the child’s father, full name and place of birth of the child’s mother, full name and place of birth of the child’s maternal and paternal grandparents