How can I register the birth of my child in Lebanon?
It is important that you take immediate action to register your child’s birth with the Lebanese authorities and start the process as soon as possible.
If your child is less than one year old or s/he was born between 1st January 2011 and 9 February 2019, you have to follow these four steps to register his/her birth with the Lebanese authorities:
- Obtain a birth notification
Step 1: Obtain a birth notification from the authorized doctor or authorized midwife who attended the birth. In case of the midwife, the birth notification should be registered at the Syndicate of midwives.
- Obtain the birth certificate endorsed and signed by a Mukhtar
Step 2: Obtain the birth certificate endorsed and signed by a Mukhtar located in the area where the birth occurred. The birth certificate will also have to be signed by the doctor/authorized midwife who delivered the baby.
- Register the birth certificate at the Nofous
Step 3: Register the birth certificate at the Nofous (District level “Caza”) closest to the place where the birth took place.
IMPORTANT: If your child is born before 1st January 2011 or after 9th February 2019, this must be done before the child is one year old, otherwise you will only be able to register the birth of your child through a court procedure.
- Register the birth certificate at the Foreigners’ Registry
Step 4: Register the birth certificate at the Foreigners’ Registry of the Governorate where the birth took place. The birth is not considered officially registered by the Lebanese authorities until you complete this step.
If you also want to register the birth with the Civil Registry in Syria you will have to certify the original birth certificate obtained by the Foreigners' Registry at the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.You and your spouse do not have to be present at the Ministry and anyone can do this on your behalf.
There is no difference in the cost and documentary requirements if your child is less than one year old or s/he was born between 1st January 2011 and 9 February 2019.