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West Bengal Birth Certificate


West Bengal Birth Certificate

As per the Registration of Birth Act, 1969 it is mandatory to register every birth under the government of West Bengal. A birth certificate is an important document for every citizen issued by the Chief Registrar of birth. In this article, we look at the procedure for obtaining a birth certificate in West Bengal.

Purpose of Birth Certificate

It is mandatory for every resident in West Bengal to apply for the birth certificate and register birth, as it proves the nationality of a person. The birth certificate is also useful for various purpose like for admission in school, to obtain a passport, voter card, driving license etc.

Registering Birth in West Bengal   

In West Bengal, Birth registration performs under the following categories:

  • For births in a Government Hospital: The person can obtain the birth certificate from the Health Officer office within 21 days from the date of birth.
  • For births in a Private Hospital: – The person can obtain a birth certificate from the respective borough up to one year.
  • For birth in a House: The birth certificate can be obtained from the borough, but the Head of Family should report events of birth to the concerned Ward Health Unit for Registration.

Required Documents

While applying for the birth certificate, submit the following documents along with the application form:

  • Proof of place of birth issued by the medical institution where the child was born.
  • Parents address proof.
  • Parents identity proof.
  • Marriage certificate of the parent is optional.

Fee Structure 

The first copy of the birth certificate registered within one year from the date of birth is free of cost. Additional copies of the birth certificate will be chargeable at Rs.100 for each copy.

Procedure for Registration of a Birth certificate

To obtain a birth certificate in Kolkata, visit the Kolkata Municipal Corporation(KMC) office. Submit the birth certificate application form along with the prescribed documents as mentioned above. On submission of the application, KMC office issues the birth certificate, and that can be downloaded online as well.

west Bengal application form

Online Registration of Birth Certificate

To register for the birth certificate online, follow the steps mentioned below

Step 1: The applicant must visit the official website of e-District west Bengal.

Step 2: Login into the e-District portal and select the service “Registration of Birth”.

Step 3: Enter the required details and upload the scanned documents.

Step 4: Finally click on submit button for successful Registration.

Note: After successful Registration, the supervisor will verify all the documents and forward the application to the administrative officer. The administrative officer will approve the application and generate a digitally signed Birth Certificate. On approval of the application, follow the steps below to download the birth certificate:

Step 6: Click on “Approved application” from the list of approved birth certificate.

Step 7: Now, the applicant can download the digitally signed birth certificate.

If the applicant does not receive the birth certificate, then the applicant must visit the respective Municipal Corporation and apply in person.