Birth certificate


The birth certificate, also known as a birth certificate, is the document that details the data of a newborn, such as their names and surnames, names and surnames of the father and mother, date and time of birth, in addition to , on some occasions, the physical characteristics of the same, such as weight and measurements. It is a mandatory practice in most countries of the world, enabling a series of precincts, called “civil registry”, where parents go for such a task. This is usually done within a few hours or days after birth, with both or only one parent present.

The practice of registering each one of the births comes from the Middle Ages, when in the Churches the data of all the baptized children were written down, in what was called “baptism certificate”. This, although it only took into account Catholic children, was the beginning of a new imposition, where children had to be presented before an administrative body, regardless of their religion.

With a birth certificate, delivered by the hospital, where the birth is verified, registration can be started. It should be noted that, in some health centers, there is an area where a registry representative takes the data, eliminating the obligation to travel to the body. Once the certificate is issued, the civil registry will keep the original document, while the now legal representatives of the child are given a copy. From that moment on, he will be a citizen of the nation in which the birth occurred; In the future, the person will need the birth certificate to carry out procedures of all kinds, such as enrollment in the educational system or access to State programs.