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How to apply for a birth certificate in Brazil (with steps)

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Birth certificate is the most crucial document, especially when it comes to legal dealings with the Brazilian government. The birth certificate establishes the identity of the person to which it belongs and therefore the same is required for obtaining additional legal documents such as the CPF number, when purchasing/selling a property in Brazil or when getting married. Usually, most of the time, you have to present an attested copy of your birth certificate that has been properly translated by a certified translator in Brazil.

It should be known that like other publicly filed documents, there is no central database controlled by the Brazilian government, which can be easily searched. For instance, you can’t just type in the person’s name and thereby obtain their birth certificate. Thus, one of the ways to obtain the same would be to apply to the notary offices within the country.

When it comes to the documents required for obtaining the birth certificate, the requirements vary based on the marital status of the parents. For married parents, the documents required are a marriage certificate and the hospital birth registration certificate. For unmarried parents: birth certificates of both parents and the hospital birth registration certificate. Additionally, in both cases, two witnesses over the age of 21 should be present during the in-person application filing process. Furthermore, in the case of unmarried parents, only the father’s name will be showcased on the birth certificate of the child, after written authorisation is submitted to the issuing authority. Also, the notary offices in Brazil provide the first copy of the birth certificate free of cost. Any second or additional copies will be charged from the applicant.

Applying For a Birth Certificate By Post

To apply for a birth certificate in Brazil via post, follow the below-mentioned steps.

  1. Ensure that you first locate the notary public office that is situated nearby to the hospital where the child had taken birth.
  2. Once you have found the required address, draft an application stating your need for obtaining a birth certificate. Proceed to add all the photocopies of the supporting documents with the application and then mail the same to the address of the notary public office. Also, do not forget to include the CPF number of the person whose birth certificate is to be issued, in your application.
  3. Since the first copy of the birth certificate will be provided free of cost, there is no need to worry about the requisite fees.
  4. After successful verification of your documents, the birth certificate will be mailed to your address via registered post.

Applying For a Birth Certificate In-Person

When applying for a birth certificate in Brazil in-person, follow the below-mentioned steps.

  1. Start the process by visiting the notary public office located nearby to the hospital from where the birth of the child had taken place.
  2. After that, proceed to fill up the application form for obtaining the birth certificate. Do not forget to provide the full name and the CPF number of the concerned individual whose birth certificate is to be issued. Additionally, attach the photocopies of the supporting documents as well.
  3. Once done, submit your application to the assessing officer. After successful verification of your documents and identification, the birth certificate will be handed over to you on spot.

Applying For a Birth Certificate Online

In case you are planning to apply for a birth certificate in Brazil online, proceed to follow the below-mentioned steps.

  1. Firstly, you have to visit the official Brazilian government website here.
  2. Proceed to enter the CPF number of the person whose birth certificate is to be issued and then log in to the account.
  3. Once logged in, proceed to apply for the birth certificate. Fill up the application details to the best of your knowledge and upload the scanned copies of the supporting documents.
  4. After that, you have to wait for the application to be successfully verified by the issuing authority. Once the application is verified, the birth certificate will be mailed to the designated address for delivery.

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