Registration of Birth in Vietnam

Find out how to register the birth of a newborn baby…

Where to Register

A baby born to foreign parents in Vietnam must be registered at the local provincial or municipal Justice Service where the father or mother resides.

A baby born to parents where one parent is a foreigner and the other is a Vietnamese citizen residing overseas must be registered at the local provincial or municipal Justice Service where the mother has registered her permanent residence.

A baby born to parents where one parent is a foreigner and the other is a Vietnamese citizen must be registered within 60 days from the date of birth at the local provincial or municipal Justice Service where the Vietnamese mother or father resides.

The following documents are needed to register a birth:

  • Completed birth certificate application form
    • For an example of a birth certificate application form: Click here (in Vietnamese)
  • Parents’ marriage certificate (if applicable)
  • Original birth certificate issued by the medical centre or hospital where the child was born. If the child was not born at a medical centre or hospital, the confirmation of a witness is needed
  • Applicant’s ID or passport
  • Family population book (for Vietnamese citizens), confirmation of temporary residence (for Vietnam citizens residing abroad), permanent or temporary resident card (for foreigners residing in Vietnam)

If the parents are unable to register the birth and a family member is asked to do it, an authorisation letter is needed.

The section about the father on the birth certificate and in the birth register is left blank for a child who is born out-of-wedlock and whose father is unidentifiable. If by the time of the birth registration there is a person who claims the child, the provincial or municipal Justice Office settles the recognition of the child and the birth registration at the same time.

Children may have Vietnamese or foreign names, depending on their parents’ choice.

Citizenship

If the parents want to choose a foreign nationality for their child, the child’s nationality must be agreed on in writing between the mother and the father. The agreement must be notarised by the competent authority of the country in which the foreigner is a citizen. The confirmation should state that the choice of nationality for the child is in line with the law of the country.

If the child was born in Vietnam, and the child’s mother or father is a foreigner and the parents want to choose Vietnamese nationality for the child, written proof of agreement is needed.

  • For an example of the form required: Click here (in Vietnamese)

Birth Certificate

After receiving valid birth registration documents, the provincial or municipal Justice Offices record the information in the birth register and the birth certificates is signed.

The birth certificate is issued to the birth registration applicants. Duplicates of birth certificates can be issued on request and take about four to ten working days.