Birth Registration

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Birth registration

Dear parents, the birth of your child is exciting. As Registry Office ("Standesamt"), we would like to give you all necessary information about registering your baby.

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Your child was born in Frankfurt am Main – where can you register the birth?

The Registry Office District Höchst ("Standesamtsbezirk Höchst") registers all babies born in the hospital "Klinikum Frankfurt Höchst" or in these districts:

  • Höchst or Griesheim,
  • Nied
  • Schwanheim
  • Sindlingen
  • Sossenheim
  • Unterliederbach
  • Zeilsheim.

Registry Office District Höchst ("Standesamtsbezirk Höchst")

Seilerbahn 2, 65929 Frankfurt am Main

Tel.: +49 69 212 45570

E-Mail: standesamt.hoechst@stadt-frankfurt.deInternal Link

 

You need to register at the Registry Office District Central ("Standesamtsbezirk Mitte") if you gave birth in the other Frankfurt districts, including the following hospitals:

  • Bürgerhospital
  • Hospital zum Heiligen Geist
  • Krankenhaus Sachsenhausen
  • Nordwestkrankenhaus
  • St. Elisabethen Krankenhaus
  • Klinikum der Johann-Wolfgang-von-Goethe-Universität

Registry Office District Central ("Standesamtsbezirk Mitte")

Bethmannstr. 3, 60311 Frankfurt am Main

Tel.: + 49 69 212 73505

E-Mail: anmeldung.neugeborene@stadt-frankfurt.deInternal Link  

All topics at a glance

Service description

You need to register your baby within 7 days after birth. You can do this at the hospital or by visiting the Registry Office ("Standesamt"). If you gave birth in a hospital, the hospital will inform the Registry Office for you.


The Registry Office works with hospitals to offer a special service. It works like this:

  1. At the hospital, fill in the documents needed to register your baby.
  2. These documents and the notice of the birth of your baby will be sent to the Registry Office.
  3. The Registry Office will issue the birth certificate.
  4. Once the certificate is ready, you can pick it up at the hospital or the Registry Office.
  5. If you wish, the birth certificate and your documents will be sent to your home by registered mail for a fee.


If you have given birth at home or in a birth centre, you have to register the birth yourself at the correct Registry Office. You must do this within one week. You will need to bring the birth announcement paperwork from the midwife, nurse, or physician who delivered your baby.

 

IMPORTANT: When registering births at Registry Office District Central ("Standesamtsbezirk Mitte"), we work with a ticket system. If there are a lot of people waiting, you might not get your ticket before the set public time is up. We therefore suggest that you are at the Registry Office at least one hour before the end of opening hours.

If you have any more questions, please contact the hotline of your Registry Office District ("Standesamtsbezirk"). Please note that the official language is German.

Required documents

The announcement of your baby’s birth ("Geburtsanzeige") is the main document you need to register your child. This document is filled out by the hospital staff. It will have the following information on it:

  • The time and place of your child’s birth.
  • Your child’s first and last name.
  • The parents’ information.

 

You will also need the following documents to register your new baby at the Registry Office:

 

If you as parents are married:

  • Original proof of marriage (official copy of the marriage register with references, official copy from the family register, or marriage certificate with German translation if needed)
  • Proof of birth registration for parents born in Germany (copy of birth certificates or certificates of descent, or official copy from the family register)
  • If needed, original proof of any name changes (statement at the Registry Office I in Berlin once you got your married name, registration certificate, or change of name on naturalisation)
  • Original informal statement by the parents on the child's full name
  • Copy of the valid identity card or passport of both parents. You might also need to provide a copy of the residence permit, too

 

If you as parents are not married:

  • Original proof of birth (certificate of descent or birth certificate with German translation if needed)
  • Informal statement by the parents on the child's full name
  • Copy of the valid identity card or passport of both parents. You might also need to provide a copy of the residence permit, too
  • Original acknowledgement of paternity and mother's consent statement
  • Is the child taking the father’s name? If so, you need a statement of custody from the Youth Welfare Office ("Jugendamt") or have to make a formal declaration at the Registry Office

Additionally, in the case of a:

single mother / single father:

  • Original proof of birth (certificate of descent or birth certificate with German translation if needed)

divorced mother:

  • Original proof of marriage (official copy of the marriage register with references, official copy from the family register, or marriage certificate with German translation if needed)
  • Original legal divorce statement with German translation if needed
  • Original proof of birth (certificate of descent or birth certificate with German translation if needed)

widowed mother / widowed father:

  • Proof of marriage (official copy of the marriage register with references, official copy from the family register, or marriage certificate with German translation if needed)
  • Death certificate of the deceased spouse with German translation if needed

 

This is not a full list of everything you will need to register your baby. It just states the most common documents needed in most cases. Sometimes, other documents might be needed to register your child.

 

Please contact us for further information.

Fees

Since 01.01.2009, the fees are not the same across Germany. The Frankfurt Registry Office ("Standesamt") charges its fees by following Art. 3 No. 2 of the Law on the Implementation of the Personal Status Reform Act ("HAG PStG").

  • First German or international birth certificate: € 11.00
  • Each extra copy of the birth certificate: € 5.50
  • Certificates for applying for child benefit (“Kindergeld”), parental benefit (“Elterngeld”), or maternity benefit (“Mutterschaftshilfe”): free of charge
  • Registration in the international family register: € 11.00
  • Name assignment: € 21.00
  • Statement on the recognition of paternity or maternity: free of charge
  • Swearing-in of an interpreter: € 32.00
  • Postage costs for registered mail: € 4.05

Deadlines

The child must be registered within 7 days of birth at the hospital or in person at the Registry Office. If you gave birth in a hospital, the hospital will forward the announcement of your child’s birth.