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Based on Law No. (7) of 2019 for the Regulation of Birth and Death Registrations; Article No. (2) states that this law applies to the births and deaths that occur within the Kingdom and Bahraini citizens abroad.


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 for any reason the legal period for reporting is over, the cases are to be submitted to the “Reporting Delay on notification requests after the legal period has passed Committee” in the Information & eGovernment Authority within 30 days from the expired period. In this case, births or deaths are only recorded once a judicial verdict is announced.

Required Documents for Implementing Civil Provisions Relating to Birth Certificates

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

1.  Issuance of Birth Certificates for Newborns:
  • Civil ruling
  • Execution letter
  • Newborn notification form issued by the maternity hospital
  • Identity of spouses (passport or ID card). In case of birth abroad, the date of issuance of the father’s passport must be prior to the date of the newborn’s birth
  • Marriage contract
  • Newborn’s birth certificate issued from the country of birth and notarized by the Kingdom of Bahrain’s embassy in that country including Bahrain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (births outside the Kingdom of Bahrain)
2.  First time Issuance of Birth Certificates for Adults:
  • Civil ruling
  • Execution letter
  • Plaintiff’s identity (passport or ID card)
  • Identity of parents (passport or ID card)
  • Religious ordinance for parents (If No. 4 is not available)
3.  Issuance of Birth Certificates for those with known parents and gestational age of under six months (if reporting within the legal date):
  • Legal ruling proving the parents of newborn
  • Execution letter
  • Newborn notification form issued by the hospital
  • Identity of spouses (passport or ID card)
  • Marriage contract
4.  Issuance of Birth Certificates for those with known parents and gestational age of under six months (if reporting is after the legal date):
  • Legal ruling proving the parents of the newborn
  • Civil ruling for issuance of birth certificate
  • Execution letter
  • Birth Notification Form (BNF) issued by the hospital
  • Identity of spouses (passport or ID card)
  • Marriage contract
5.  Issuance of birth certificates for those with known mothers and unknown fathers:
  • Legal ruling proving the parents of the newborn
  • Civil ruling for issuance of birth certificate
  • Execution letter
  • Birth Notification Form (BNF) issued by the hospital
  • Identity of the mother (passport or ID card)

Birth eServices available on bahrain.bh
With an aim to make people’s lives easier, and moving towards digital transformation; there are a number of eServices that are made available for newborns:

Birth Certificate eServices
These eServices allow citizens and residents to:
  • Request issuance of birth certificate
  • Request to extract a birth certificate
  • 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 by three categories Gold, Silver & Bronze IDs (before issuing the personal number by the hospital).

Required Documents for Implementing Civil Provisions Relating to Issuance of Death Certificates

In the unfortunate loss of a family member, depending on the circumstances of the death, the following documents are required in the Kingdom of Bahrain in alignment with Law No. (7) of 2019 for the Regulation of Birth and Death Registrations.

1.  Issuance Of Death Certificates
  • Civil ruling for the issuance including details of the deceased such as name, place, and date of death
  • Execution letter
  • Medical letter detailing the cause of death (if available)
  • Identity of the deceased (passport or ID card or any official document proving the identity)
  • Identity of the individual who reported the death (passport or ID card)
  • Death notification form
  • Death certificate from (abroad) notarized by the Kingdom of Bahrain’s embassy or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the closest diplomatic enforcement once in the country in which the death occurred
2.  Provisions for proof of death
  • Legal ruling proving death
  • Civil ruling for the issuance of a death certificate that includes comprehensive details of death
  • Execution letter
  • Death notification form
  • Identity of the deceased (passport or ID card or any official document proving the identity)
  • Identity of the person who reported the death (passport or ID card)

Death Certificate eServices available via bahrain.bh

The Death Certificate eServices allow:
  • Citizens to request and pay for the issuance of death certificates
  • Citizens to print death statement
  • Business owners to check the validity of the death statement
Civil Provisions Related to Changing Names, Adding Surnames, and Modifying Details Documented in iGA’s paper-based and electronic records
  • Civil rulings whether preliminary/appellate/cassation
  • Execution letter
  • Lapse of 45 days without an appeal in case there are other parties to the lawsuit or ruling
  • Original birth /death certificates for the plaintiffs and their children or a police report in case the original certificates are missing
  • Identity of mother and father (passport or ID card)
  • Marriage contracts (if available)
  • Filling out birth/death certificate replacement forms