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Birth and Death Certificate Registration & Issuance Procedures

The Information & eGovernment Authority is responsible for registering and issuing certificates for births and deaths, according to Law No. 7 of 2019 regulating the registration of births and deaths, in an effort to regulate births and deaths procedures in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
The circumstances of birth and death may vary for different reasons, and the following procedures are to be followed depending on the situation.

Based on Law No. (7) of 2019 for the Regulation of Birth and Death Registrations; Article No. (2) the law states that the legal period for reporting births that occur within the Kingdom of Bahrain is 15 days and 72 hours for deaths. Whereas the legal period for reporting births and deaths that occur outside the Kingdom of Bahrain is 60 days.
If the legal period for reporting is over, cases are submitted to the internal committee at the authority responsible for looking into cases related to reporting delay on notification requests after the legal period has passed within 30 days from the expired period. Births or deaths are only recorded once a judicial verdict is announced.

Moving towards digital transformation, and with an aim to make people’s lives easier, iGA provides a number of online services related to births and deaths:

eServices Related to Births:
Birth Certificate eServices

These eServices allow citizens and residents to:

  • Request issuance of birth certificate & pay the fees online
  • Request to extract a birth certificate replacement & pay the fees online
  • Modify birth certificate details through a court order

Newborn Distinctive ID Issuance

This eService allows you to choose a unique, attractive Identity card number for newborns, which will be distinguished three categories Gold, Silver and Bronze (before issuing the personal number by the hospital).

eServices Related to Deaths:

Death Certificate eServices

These services allow:

  • Citizens to request and pay for the issuance of death certificates
  • Citizens to print death statement
  • Business owners to verify and check the validity of the death report provided by the employee to the entity

1.As birth situations differ, different requirements and documents are requested in the Kingdom of Bahrain in alignment with Law No. (7) of 2019 for the Regulation of Birth and Death Registrations, depending on the case:

Issuance of Birth Certificates for Newborns (if reporting after the legal period)

  1. 1. Civil ruling
  2. 2. Execution letter
  3. 3. Newborn notification form issued by the maternity hospital
  4. 4. Identity of spouses (passport or ID card). In case of birth abroad, the father’s passport issuance date must be prior to the date of the newborn’s birth
  5. 5. Marriage contract
  6. 6. Newborn’s birth certificate issued from the country of birth and endorsed by the Kingdom of Bahrain’s embassy in that country including Bahrain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (for births outside the Kingdom of Bahrain)

First-time Issuance of Birth Certificates for Adults
Civil ruling
  1. 1. Execution letter
  2. 2. Plaintiff’s identity (passport or ID card)
  3. 3. Identity of parents (passport or ID card)
  4. 4. Religious ordinance for parents (If No. 4 is not available)

Issuance of Birth Certificates for those with known parents and gestational age of under six months (if reporting within the legal period)
  1. 1. Legal ruling proving the parents of newborn
  2. 2. Execution letter
  3. 3. Newborn notification form issued by the hospital
  4. 4. Identity of spouses (passport or ID card)
  5. 5. Marriage contract

Issuance of Birth Certificates for those with known parents and gestational age of under six months (if reporting after the legal period)
  1. 1. Legal ruling proving the parents of the newborn
  2. 2. Civil ruling for issuance of birth certificate
  3. 3. Execution letter
  4. 4. Birth Notification Form (BNF) issued by the hospital
  5. 5. Identity of spouses (passport or ID card)
  6. 6. Marriage contract

Issuance of birth certificates for those with known mothers and unknown fathers
  1. 1. Legal ruling proving the parents of the newborn
  2. 2. Civil ruling for issuance of birth certificate
  3. 3. Execution letter
  4. 4. Birth Notification Form (BNF) issued by the hospital
  5. 5. Identity of the mother (passport or ID card)

Issuance of Death Certificates (if reporting after the legal period)

  1. 1. Civil ruling for the issuance including details of the deceased such as name, place, and date of death
  2. 2. Execution letter
  3. 3. Medical letter detailing the cause of death (if available)
  4. 4. Identity of the deceased (passport or ID card or any official document proving the identity)
  5. 5. Identity of the individual who reported the death (passport or ID card)
  6. 6. Death notification form
  7. 7. Death certificate endorsed by the Kingdom of Bahrain’s embassy or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the closest diplomatic representative once in the country in which the death occurred (If the death happens abroad)

Provisions For Proof of Death
  1. 1. Legal ruling proving death
  2. 2. Civil ruling for the issuance of a death certificate that includes comprehensive details of death
  3. 3. Execution letter
  4. 4. Death notification form
  5. 5. Identity of the deceased (passport or ID card or any official document proving the identity)
  6. 6. Identity of the person who reported the death (passport or ID card)