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After the Birth of a Child

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Registering a Birth/Initial Issuance of a Birth Certificate

The birth of your baby must be registered at the local register office within one week. The register office will issue your child’s birth certificate. If your baby is born in a hospital that has a BabypointGerman text you can also get a residence registration form [Meldezettel] and a proof of citizenship [Staatsbürgerschaftsnachweis] for your baby straight away. Please enquire at your hospital in this regard.

If you gave birth at a hospital, the birth will usually be registered automatically. In general, the following persons must register a birth in the following order:

  • The head of the hospital in which the child has been born
  • The physician or the midwife who were present at the birth
  • The father or mother of the baby if they are able to
  • The authority or police office investigating the birth
  • Other persons aware of the birth because they noticed it

You are required to present the documents required to the register office in order to have the birth certificate issued. In addition, a residential registration form [Meldezettel] will be issued. If the child is an Austrian citizen, a proof of citizenship will also be issued.

As a rule, the child's name, the parents' names, the child's sex, time of birth and place of birth will be recorded on the birth certificate [Geburtsurkunde]. If you have not decided your child’s first name directly after delivery, you must contact the register office [Standesamt] at the very latest within one month after the birth and have the name recorded there.

If a child is born during an intact marriage, the husband will be recorded in the birth certificate as the child's father. In case of death or divorce the 300 day deadline must be taken into consideration.

If a child is not born during an intact marriage, the biological father can be registered in the child's birth certificate provided the following conditions are met:

  • If the father makes an acknowledgement of paternity [Vaterschaftsanerkenntnis] with the consent of the youth welfare office (this sort of acknowledgment of paternity can only be made for children with an Austrian citizenship) or
  • if the fatherhood is proven by court.

Deadlines

Births must be registered within one week. In general, the head of the hospital or, in the case of home births, the physician or the midwife must register a birth.

Responsible Authority

The local civil status office responsible for the baby’s place of birth (e.g., location of the hospital):

Fees
  • Registration of a birth: free of charge
  • Issuance of a birth certificate: free of charge
  • Issuance of the first proof of citizenship: free of charge

Please note: The application and issuance of a birth certificate within the first two years after a birth is free of charge. The delivery of a birth certificate by mail is usually not free of charge. Please contact the responsible register office for further information on the costs.

Required Documents

If you are married, you must present the following documents:

  • Birth certificates of the child's parents
  • Marriage certificate [Heiratsurkunde] of the child's parents
  • Proof of nationality of the child's parents: 
    • Proof of citizenship [Staatsbürgerschaftsnachweis]
    • If you have a foreign citizenship: passport or certificate of nationality
  • Proof of the child’s parents' principal residence in case it is abroad
  • If applicable, proof of academic degrees [Nachweis akademischer Grade] of the child’s parents
  • Statement regarding the child’s first name (if you have decided on a first name)
  • Registration form entitled "Anzeige der Geburt" (Registering a birth) if the birth was not registered by the head of the hospital, the physician or the midwife

If you as the baby’s mother are single, divorced or widowed or if you have a registered partnership, you are required to present the following documents:

  • Birth certificate [Geburtsurkunde] of the child's mother
  • Proof of citizenship of the child's mother:
    • Proof of citizenship [Staatsbürgerschaftsnachweis]
    • If you have a foreign citizenship: passport or certificate of nationality
  • Confirmation of the registration [Bestätigung der Meldung] of the child’s mother if her residence is abroad
  • If applicable, divorce decree or ruling with a confirmation of the legal effect of the divorce (issued by the divorce court) or the marriage certificate [Heiratsurkunde] of your last marriage and the death certificate of your late husband
  • If applicable, certificate of registered partnership
  • If applicable, proof of academic degrees [Nachweis akademischer Grade] of the child’s mother
  • Statement regarding the child’s first name (if you have decided on a first name)
  • If applicable, proof of the acknowledgement of paternity
  • Registration form entitled "Anzeige der Geburt" (Registering a birth) if the birth was not registered by the head of the hospital, the physician or the midwife
  • If applicable, the change-of-name decision
  • Ask for a specific authorization in the hospital which entitles the extramarital father or another person to carry out the registration

Documents which are not in German must be submitted in their original version together with a certified translation made in Austria.

Please note: If a foreign language document must be presented in the original along with a certified German translation, the translation may only be done by a translator sworn and certified in Austria. A list of such translators is available on the pages of the Federal Ministry of Justice [Bundesministerium für Justiz].

Residence Registration of a Newborn

You can register the baby’s residence at the time you register its birth at the register office if a registration form has been filled in before (usually in the hospital). If you register the baby’s residence at the register office, you do not need to go to the registration authority.

Deadlines

You can register your baby’s residence simultaneously with its birth even before you leave the hospital.

Otherwise you need to register the child’s residence with the registration authority within three days after your return home from the maternity ward.

Required Documents

If you register the baby’s birth and residence simultaneously, no additional documents will be required.

Responsible Authority

If you register the baby’s birth and residence simultaneously: the local civil status office responsible for the baby’s place of birth (e.g., location of the hospital). This can be:

In all other cases, the registration authority responsible for your child’s place of residence:

Registration of the Newborn with the Social Insurance Company

According to the law the responsible register office [Standesamt] is obliged to report the birth to the social insurance organisation. This is usually done automatically after the birth has been registered. The report is processed on the same working day. From that day on, a social security number for the child exists. However, the social insurance organisation is only informed about the birth of the child for a start.

Your child will be co-insured with the mother and the father if both parents are insured. The mother’s and/or father’s social insurance company must be informed about the birth. At the moment there are plans for an automatic beginning of the insurance when birth is reported by the register office, but this is not always the case.

Please note: Children are co-insured with their insured parents. There is no difference between children born in wedlock and those born out of wedlock as was formerly the case.

After a successful report an e-card (electronic chip card) will be sent to your child. If not, please contact your social insurance organisation.

Enrolment in a Childcare Facility

It is recommended that you register your child as soon as possible in a crèche, kindergarten or day-care facility.

Responsible Authority
TIP
The Family Business Initiative links and provides childcare offerings throughout Austria. If you live in Vienna, visit the web pages of the City of Vienna [Stadt Wien] for more information on childcare facilities.

More Information

Additional information can be found on the German website at HELP.gv.at.

Last update: 03.05.2016
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