Birth & Birth Certificate

Here you will find an overview of the official procedures around the birth with information about the birth certificate or the family name of the child.

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Congratulations on your child! Many things will now change in your life. A child is always a great enrichment. However, at the beginning there are also some official procedures. Find out here which official procedures you have to complete in the city of Innsbruck, what the deadline is for notarization, how the child's surname is determined and what other steps are necessary before and after a birth. You can also find out how to have a birth certificate issued.

Which official procedures are necessary in the city magistrate of Innsbruck?

Here you can find out in simple steps what needs to be done after a birth in Inn sbruck:

  1. If your child is born in Innsbruck, the Service Unit Registry office and citizenship - Birth. is responsible for certifying the birth Service Unit Registry office and citizenship - Birth is responsible, even if you do not live in Innsbruck.
  2. You will already receive the first name declaration at the hospital (or from your midwife).
  3. You send the following documents by mail to the Service Unit Registry office and citizenship - Birth. :
    1. completed declaration of first name
    2. both official photo IDs of the parents
  4. After transmission, a member of staff from the registry office will contact you by telephone to arrange an appointment with you and to discuss the required documents with you.
  5. You will receive an appointment at the registry office, where many official procedures will be taken care of, these include:
    1. Birth certificate
    2. Proof of citizenship for Austrians
    3. possibly residence registration (if you live in Innsbruck)
    4. in the case of illegitimate children, joint custody can be declared
    5. in case of illegitimate children: Acknowledgement of paternity
    6. Declaration of the first name

If you have a foreign reference, please always contact Service Unit Registry office and citizenship - Birth.. in advance by phone or e-mail. in order to clarify all particularities.

What documents do I need for the notarization?

Basically, the following documents are necessary for the notarization of the child:

Married parents:

  • Marriage certificate of the parents
  • Birth certificates of the parents
  • for Austrians:
    • Citizenship certificates of the parents
    • Photo IDs of the parents
  • in case of foreign citizenship: valid passports/ID cards of the parents
  • Academic degrees (official notice with legal force, sponsorship or doctorate certificate)
  • If the parents reside abroad: confirmation of registration

If you have a foreign reference, please always contact Service Unit Registry office and citizenship - Birth.. in advance by phone or e-mail. in order to clarify all particularities.

Non-married parents: (single, divorced, widowed)

  • Documents as for married parents
  • additional documents (previous marriage certificate, divorce papers or death certificate)
  • Presence of the father for acknowledgement of paternity, in certain cases the presence of the mother is also necessary
  • Foreign documents in international form or translated into the German language

If you have a foreign reference, please always contact Service Unit Registry office and citizenship - Birth.. in advance by phone or e-mail. in order to clarify all particularities.

What is the deadline for notarization?

  • You have a maximum of 40 days to register your child.
  • If you miss this deadline, this can have far-reaching consequences, for example with regard to the Papamonat, family allowance or other insurances.
  • Please note that more time must be allowed for the notarization, especially if the child is born abroad.

Which family name will my child get?

The right to a name is always derived from the citizenship of the parents. Therefore, the regulations of the country of your citizenship apply and not automatically Austrian law. Therefore, it is always necessary to clarify which name law applies in the case of a foreign reference.

If both parents are Austrian citizens, the following applies:

  • Children of married parents with a common surname bear the same surname as the parents.
  • Children of married parents without a common surname can bear the surname of one parent or a double name. If the parents do not determine the surname, the child automatically receives the mother's surname, even if it is a double name.
  • Children of unmarried parents receive the surname of the mother. If you want to give the child the father's name, you can make a name determination at the registry office.

If you have a foreign reference, please always contact Service Unit Registry office and citizenship - Birth.. in advance by phone or e-mail. in order to clarify all particularities.

More info on the child's first and last name and name changes.

General overview of birth

The platform österreich.gv.at offers an overall overview, with current information on pregnancy and birth, official procedures at birth, the child's first and family name, custody, family allowance, childcare allowance, parental leave, part-time parental leave and much more.

How do I get a birth certificate?

When you register your child, your child will receive a birth certificate free of charge and, in the case of Austrian citizenship, also a certificate of citizenship.

If you need a birth certificate later and you were born in Austria, any registry office can issue your birth certificate. In some cases, however, the birth must first be registered. Therefore, we ask you to contact the Service Unit Registry office and citizenship - Birth.. by phone or e-mail . to contact.

Last updated 01.12.2022