Recently i was blessed with a baby in Bangalore. I must admit i went through all the situations, challenges and hurdles an expecting father goes through in typical Bangalorean life. It will be a big story if i write down all my experiences. So i will cut them into individual short stories centered around a topic and post them over time. Lets talk about the birth registration process.
Yeah, i know, i too was disappointed to when Professor Google could not fetch me any definitive article on this subject. So let me pen down my experiences and hope the future fathers will get some good answer by Google.
When your baby is born in the hospital, you will be asked by the hospital authorities (maternity ward) to fill up your personal details on a form which will also have the babies details, like datetime of birth, weight, blood group etc. Be sure to fill in the parents names and addresses correctly. This form then will be forwarded to the nearest birth and death registration office by the hospital authorities. You will be asked to visit the registration office after 10 days time and collect the birth certificate from there.
Wow. That’s all? Fine. I will go there one day and collect the certificate. :) Hold on. You have quite a few steps to go still. You land up in the registration office with the baby’s hospital discharge summary. The officer there would have already received a letter from the hospital where the babies details and parents details are mentioned and the letter is identified by the baby’s hospital registration number found on the discharge summery. Please verify the spellings of your names and address on the letter. If your name has the letter ‘T’ by any chance, make sure you verify your name multiple times. Because the letter ‘T’ inadvertently becomes ‘TH’ in karnataka. :) So Amit becomes Amith almost certainly. Could not find the reason so far though. If there are spelling mistakes then god bless you. Please rush to your hospital immediately and get a letter from them where the names and addresses are written correctly. Submit the letter with registration officials and fill up a form. This form is kind of a application for birth registration. You need not put a name for your baby there. In such a case the certificate is issued without name, though it says “child of <mothers name>”. You get one year time from then on to decide the name, come back to this office again and ask for certificates with name.
The government charge for birth registration is around 150/- INR approx. You need to pay that in cash while applying for it. The officer will also mention that – “150/- is govt charges and whatever else you offer happily for my charges”. Hope you know how to handle this. After this you can walk into the office a week later and collect the certificates. Do keep the following in mind,
- Ask for at least four original copies of the birth certificates. Its because many schools and passport office have started asking for original copies for processing.
- Check the spellings of names and address mentioned on the certificate.
- You only get a month time from the date of birth to report to the birth registration office and collect the certificate. If you delay it you have to go through a court (probably notary) process. :)
I haven’t collected the certificates yet. I will post a comment on how much contribution i made out of my happiness. :)