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How to Register a Child’s Birth in Dubai

A birth certificate’s legal portion shows the name of a child, names of the parents, the date of birth and many other things. A birth certificate also establishes citizenship and residency of the child while providing legal identity. Not only that, but a birth certificate is also needed for health insurance, enrollment in school, driver’s license, and social services e.g. marriage license. Additionally, a birth certificate in Dubai acts as proof with regards to the relationship of the child to its parents, often needed for an inheritance, eligibility for benefits, and child support services. 

Apart from the legal portion, a birth certificate also has a statistical portion which records the education of the parents, prenatal history, and socio-demographic data. This statistical area allows government authorities to identify health issues in the region, as well as tell us details regarding the health of the babies and the mothers. A birth certificate allows us in identifying health trends of the public e.g. birth defects, HIV and teenage pregnancy. A birth certificate in Dubai, in particular, is used by the local government in determining how much funding is needed in ensuring public health. Birth certificates also help in determining the programs that require prioritization such as Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Children with Special Needs. 

Procedure for Registering the Birth of a Child in Dubai 

Birth certificate registration can be done through a medical center. Here are the steps that are involved:

  • Submission of the application for birth certificate registration; 
  • Payment of the associated fees; 
  • Verification of authorities for documents submitted; 
  • Issuance of the birth certificate 
  • Collection of the birth certificate by a parent or representative

Requirements for processing birth certificate 

  • An official notification that is given by the hospital for the birth of the child (the hospital should be where the child was born or delivered)
  • Registration of the application (can be done by a legal representative of the family) 

There are additional requirements that have to be furnished. 

For citizens:

  • Originals and copies of the passports and IDs of the mother and the father; 
  • Original and copy of the marriage certificate of the parents for a national child (if the marriage took place overseas or outside the UAE, then the marriage certificate that is provided has to be properly attested by concerned authorities such as the Department of Foreign Affairs in UAE and UAE embassy abroad) 
  • Original and copy of the family book (for mothers that are of different nationalities, the passport will suffice but it has to come with the residency page) 
  • For birth that occurred aboard, the following documents also need to be compiled apart from the aforementioned:
    • Newborn passport with an entry stamp 
    • Birth certificate that is attested by the UAE embassy that is stationed in the child’s country of birth, as well as the Department of Foreign Affairs in UAE
    • Letter from federal authority with a statement that it is not in objection to replacing the birth certificate which was issued overseas with a brand new birth certificate that is issued in UAE. 

For expatriates:

Apart from the general requirements, the following are also required:

  • Original marriage license or certificate with copies and the originals of the passports and Emirates IDs of the mother and father; 
  • For an out-of-hospital birth, there also has to be a letter from the local court stating delivery took place somewhere else (the letter has to state the date of birth of the child, the place, and the names of the parents) 
  • If the child was born within the jurisdiction of UAE but the father isn’t a resident in UAE or Dubai, then the following requirements are needed:
    • Declaration from wife confirming the continuation of the marriage; 
    • Certificate of marriage or marriage license (it has to be certified);
    • Certified copy of husband’s passport (may also be a letter from the embassy stating the nationality of the father or declaration from the husband that is attested by the embassy of the country establishing the child’s parental relationship with the father)

We know you may have a lot of questions regarding birth certificate issuance or legalization in UAE. In such a case, don’t hesitate to talk to HHS Lawyers’ family Lawyers and marriage lawyers in UAE. We would love to be of assistance to you! Call us now. 

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What should a parent know regarding a birth certificate in Dubai?

Birth certificates in Dubai provide birth record information such as name, emirate, sex, country of birth, name of the father, name of the mother, file number, date of filing, certification statement, signature and seal. 

Who will be able to receive a birth certificate?

Only applicants that are properly qualified can receive copies of birth certificates. This can be the registrant, family members by adoption, marriage, blood, the representative of the family or legal agent. Should you have any concerns regarding the processing of birth certificates, it is best to get legal advice. 

Hazim Darwish

Hazim Darwish, is a Senior Partner of HHS Lawyers in UAE. Practicing law for almost a decade, he has in-depth knowledge on UAE legislation with particular expertise on legal drafting, contract drafting, labor disputes, family law, and regulatory compliance for business organizations. Hazim Darwish also provides counsel on legal rights and obligations in the UAE to clients, including individuals and businesses subject to investigation or prosecution under Criminal Law by major regulators.