Reissuing a birth certificate or international birth certificate
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These rules apply to all births in Austria.
After a birth, a birth certificate is issued by the registry office (Standesamt). You will need this for bureaucratic procedures in many situations in life, as proof of certain personal data.
If you require a further birth certificate (e.g. duplicate in the event of loss or theft, multilingual birth certificate), you can submit an application to be re-issued a birth certificate/international birth certificate.
The birth certificate records the name and sex of a person, as well as the date and time of birth and the place of birth. The international birth certificate is issued in several languages, generally ten languages.
To prevent third parties from freely accessing your data, the right to have a birth certificate issued is limited to a specific group of people.
The following people can request a birth certificate, provided that this is not precluded by any overriding interests worthy of protection in respect of the persons to whom the registration relates:
- persons to whom the registration relates and other persons whose civil status is affected by the registration;
- persons who establish a legal interest in doing so.
There are no deadlines.
For births after 1 January 1939:
All authorities responsible for civil status, i.e.:
- → the registry office or registry office associationGerman text of the municipality;
- in chartered urban districts: the → the registry office of the municipal executiveGerman text;
- in Vienna: the registry offices in Vienna (→ City of Vienna)German text (MA 63)
For births prior to 1 January 1939:
- the parish office of the church parish of your place of birth.
It is possible to apply for the issue of the birth certificate or the international birth certificate at any registry office. Applications can be made in person, in writing or electronically (with a Citizen Card). The application form can be obtained from the competent authority.
The birth certificate is generally issued immediately for applicants appearing in person, provided that all the data has already been recorded and stored in the Central Civil Status Register.
- for applicants appearing in person: official photo ID;
- if applicable, evidence for the purpose of establishing a legal interest.
Costs and fees
For the application
- Verbally: no fee
- In writing: 14.30 Euro
- Electronic application using a Citizen Card (e.g. mobile phone signature): 8.60 Euro
For the issue of a birth certificate
- Federal administration fee: 7.20 Euro
- Federal administrative levy: 2.10 Euro
There are no fees for the first issue of a birth certificate/international birth certificate for a child, provided that these documents are issued within two years of the child’s birth (i.e. by or on the 2nd birthday). There are generally additional costs for sending the birth certificate/international birth certificate. Please inquire at the competent registry office.
For Austrians residing abroad, it is possible to obtain a birth certificate from the Austrian administrative authority located in the country concerned, provided that the required data is already recorded in the Central Civil Status Register (ZPR) .
- Personenstandsgesetz 2013 (PStG 2013)
- Personenstandsgesetz-Durchführungsverordnung 2013 (PStG-DV 2013)
In general, in order to issue a birth certificate for a birth that occurred before 1 November 2014, it is necessary to retrospectively enter the data in the Central Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths (ZMR) at the relevant municipal registry of births, marriages and deaths. The municipal registry of births, marriages and deaths where the birth took place is responsible for this.
Link to form
- Birth certificate – Application for issuanceGerman text
- Birth certificate (international) – Application for issuanceGerman text
Authentication and signature
- Electronically: registration using a mobile phone signature or a card-based Citizen Card
- In writing or in person: with the required documents (official photo ID card)
Means of redress or appeal
An appeal against a decision by the department responsible for civil status can be filed with the relevant Regional Administrative Court. This must be submitted within four weeks to the authority which issued the decision.
Assistance and problem-solving services
There are no assistance or problem-solving services.
Further service points
Support is provided by the local municipal registries and further information can be accessed electronically at österreich.gv.at.
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