A birth certificate is a valid and legal proof of date of birth of a child. The birth of a child gets recorded in the official books thus certifying the birth. A birth certificate is a legal document that verifies a person’s age, sex and place of birth.
A birth certificate is required for admission in school and college, applying for licenses, applying for government grants, passport immigration. Birth certificate is issued by the municipal corporation authority in cities, In villages the the certificate is issued by the Village Panchayats.
In India, it is mandatory under the law to register every birth/stillbirth with the concerned State/UT Government within 21 days of its occurrence. The Government accordingly has provided for a well-defined system for registration of Birth, with the Registrar General at the centre and the Chief Registrars in the States, running through district registrars to the village and town registrars at the periphery.
How to apply for Birth Certificate.
To apply for a Birth Certificate, you must first register the birth. The birth has to be registered with the concerned local authorities within 21 days of its occurrence, by filling up the form prescribed by the Registrar. Birth Certificate is then issued after verification with the actual records of the concerned hospital.
In case the birth has not been registered within the specified time of its occurrence, the certificate is issued after due police verification ordered by the revenue authorities.