How to apply for a duplicate birth certificate

This article explains how and where to get a certified copy of the lost or misplaced original birth certificate in India. You will get step by step guidance on the application procedure on how to obtain a copy of the birth certificate from the municipal corporation in your city.

Importance of a birth certificate

When was the last time you looked at your original birth certificate? Probably decades back! It is hoped that you have kept that original birth certificate in a place that you remember. That certificate is not some obscure document which you feel you may never need. Very recently I realised its importance when I received my Aadhaar UID card (which is also equally important as it can be useful to avail of various Government schemes). My date of birth on the card is completely incorrect – date, month and year. When I called up the toll free number to ask how to get it changed, I was instructed to scan and upload my birth certificate online on the Aadhaar website. It was then that I was really glad that my parents had meticulously maintained a file of documentary records for me and my siblings. Each of us have a file with not just every school report, college mark sheet and certificate we won during our academic years, but also that all-important original birth certificate. Over the years it has yellowed with age but it is there. Hurrah!

Now let's assume you don't experience that Hurrah moment on discovering that you are totally clueless of where you have kept your original birth certificate. In fact, it is even more likely that you are 100% sure you don't have it at all. Perhaps you are a youngster appearing in a State sports meet where you need to show a photocopy of your birth certificate as proof of age. Or you need to submit it with your application for a Government job. Don't forget that an application for a passport as well as for a driving licence requires accompanied photocopies of the birth certificate. Even for that momentous day when you tie the knot with your sweetheart you need it – and not just the wedding rings!

Who issues a duplicate copy of the birth certificate?

Don't despair if you have lost or misplaced your original birth certificate. You can apply for a copy of the original birth certificate. This application is known as an application for the non-availability of birth certificate. This non-availability certificate is issued if the registration of birth has not been done and in the case of loss of the original birth certificate. Note that the issuing authority, which is the Public Health Department of your municipal corporation, does not give a duplicate. What you will be issued is not called a duplicate but a second original of the birth certificate. This second original is considered to be legally valid as it will have the original stamp of the issuing authority. It thus differs from a photocopy of your original certificate wherein the stamp too is a photocopy & thus not original.

Here's how you go about getting the copy:

Step by step procedure to submit application for duplicate birth certificate

  1. You need to have the following details which have to be filled in the application form:
    • Your complete name

    • The name of your parents, including first and last names. In the case of your mother's name, it will be her maiden name before marriage

    • Your exact date of birth

    • The address of your parents

    • The place of birth where you were born

  2. Visit the office of the municipal corporation in the city where you were born. It is that specific city's municipal corporation which will have the record of the registration of birth. In case of different municipal zones/wards in various areas of a city, then you need to visit the zone/ward office of the area where you were born. For example, if you wish to apply for a duplicate copy of birth certificate in Mumbai, Maharashtra and you were born in that part of the city which comes under the G-South Ward of the BMC, then you have to apply to that ward. office

  3. You will need to pay a small fee for the issuing of the copy of the birth certificate. This fee varies from one State/city to another.

  4. On paying the fee, you will be given an application form in which you need to carefully fill in all the details. Here it is important to note that if your handwriting is not clear, you are likely to end up with a certificate with a lot of misspelt names! Hence it is a good idea to fill in the details in block letters to eliminate errors in names on the certificate. You can confirm if it is ok to write everything in block letters

  5. You will be issued a receipt and will be instructed when you can get the copy.

Sounds simple? Not quite! Note some important points:

Important Tips for application of duplicate birth certificate

  • Be prepared to stand in a serpentine queue if you visit the municipal office at around the same time as everybody else! This is a good possibility around the time when school admissions are on or when a major recruitment drive for a Government job is on-going.

  • Make sure you know the timings of the municipal office as also on which days it is closed. Don't waste that day you took leave from work to get this work done!

  • A municipal corporation office is usually quite large, spread over many rooms/floors. Ensure you go the correct floor and the correct application counter. Not all offices have clear cut sign boards to indicate which counter is for what application. You may think this is a minor tip, but actually it isn't – you may end up in a queue which is for applying for a duplicate copy of a death certificate.

  • In some municipal offices, you may be required to give an application on plain paper. In others, you may have to submit some kind of affidavit along with your application. Find out beforehand what all is required.

  • It is a good idea to have attested photocopies of the documents that may be required, such as your school leaving certificate. Find out beforehand what are the requisite documents needed.

  • In many municipal offices, they could be having the option to get your birth certificate copy sent to your address by courier. In others, you may have the option to submit your application by facsimile (FAX) and send the fee by cheque. So you can find out about the options available to you.

  • You can have a hassle free time if the municipal corporation office of the city where you are applying provides online applications for a duplicate birth certificate. In such a case, all you have to do is to visit the official website and follow the instructions provided.

Websites of Municipal Corporations of major cities in India

In case you are unable to find at the below-mentioned websites the information you are looking for, then go to the 'contact us' page. You can call up the municipal office and find out the requisite procedure & fee for getting the copy of the birth certificate.
  • Delhi:

  • Mumbai:

  • Kolkata:

  • Chennai:

  • Bengaluru:

  • Hyderabad:

  • Ahmedabad:

  • Jaipur:

  • Dehradun:

  • Thiruvananthapuram:

  • Bhopal:

  • Patna:

  • Ranchi:

  • Guwahati:

  • Panaji:

  • Chandigarh:

  • Bhubaneshwar:

  • Imphal:

  • Shimla:

  • Gangtok/Sikkim:

  • Agartala:

  • Aizawl:

  • Jammu:

  • Srinagar: and Death

  • Shillong:

  • Andaman:


Once you get a copy of the birth certificate, do remember to keep it safely, not to mention remember where you have kept it. Otherwise you will have to once again go through the whole rigmarole to apply for yet another copy!

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Author: K Mohan19 Dec 2013 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 4

This is the good article initiated by the author. Normally parents with their new born child fail to recognize the importance of taking the birth certificate immediately after the delivery of the child. It is in fact very easy to get the birth certificate in the first 10 days of the birth. But if we forget, then there are chances to get the same but time will be taken. In Hyderabad there is a convenience of getting birth certificates through Mee seva centers, which are operated by the government itself. Only thing is that we must provide them with proper feedback and documentary evidence.

Guest Author: monica04 Apr 2014

Whom do I contact in Lucknow for a duplicate Birth certificate?

Author: Vandana09 Apr 2014 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 5

To get a duplicate birth certificate in Lucknow, please contact your area's local ward office. For a list of the Wards in Lucknow and Contact Person for each ward refer: [A Hindi version of this list is also available at the official website]

The Official Website of the Lucknow Municipal Corporation, known as Lucknow Nagar Nigam, is:

There is a section at this site for application forms, but when I checked it out, there were no online forms for duplicate birth certificates. Hence, it is best to contact your Ward Officer.

For any further help, contact the Control Room of the Nigam: Ph: 0522-2307770 / Email:

Guest Author: nainy10 Jun 2014

I was born in Delhi when it wasn't a state. Now I lost my original birth certificate but I have the photostat. How which ward should I contact in Delhi to get the original?

Author: Vandana11 Jun 2014 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 3

You should visit the office of the sub-divisional magistrate (known as SDM) in whose jurisdiction you were born. Please see the instructions provided here at the website of the Delhi Government:

At this page, a link is provided for you to locate the contact address of the SDM of your area where you stay.

Guest Author: Abhishek09 Aug 2014

I was born in Meerut and my birth certificate was made in Meerut and it was a hindi version.
I live in Noida and I require an english copy of the certificate. So would I have to go to Meerut for the purpose or should I go to the offices in Noida only?

Guest Author: asad18 Aug 2014

This is very good post and informative .

Guest Author: Mayank Sharma02 Sep 2014

I require duplicate birth certificate for my daughter. I have the copy of original. She was born at Jaslok Hospital and is registered in D Ward of Brihanmumbai Mahanagrpalika. Though I have her Passport wherein the date of birth is mentioned but original birth certificate is required by Visa Issuing Authority.
I am based out of India and how I can apply. How can High Commission of India help me in this regard.

Guest Author: Susheel23 Oct 2014

This post provided me the exact information in minutes which I was searching for hours. Thanks for the great post.

I was born in Belgaum, Maharashtra in May 1969. My mother had visited to her relatives' place there. My birth took place at home and not in a hospital. My parents brought me back to Mumbai - where they lived then - soon after. They registered my birth in Mumbai.

Can I get copies of my birth certificate now - even after 45 years?

Also, the 'online' application form on the Mumbai Municipal Corporations website is in pdf format. So do I need to print that form, fill it, sign it and send it back to them by courier along with money?

Your advice will be much appreciated.

Thank you again for the information.

Guest Author: kpd11 Nov 2014

I have got xerOx copy of my sons birth certificate but original lost
. municipal authority says that there record is deteriorated and become so old,illegible.
Birth certificate is must for passport those who born after 1989.please guide. Name Ikshwaku kishor.deopathak

Place Khamgaon Dist.budhana maharastra

Guest Author: Dr. N Raninga20 Nov 2014

How do I get copy of birth certificate of my wife who was born in Bombay on 10th January 1945. It is now about 70 years. Who will have such records. There must be some way to get the certificate. Please help.

Guest Author: Chiring Lama25 Nov 2014

My name is Chiring. I am from Guwahati. I had never seen my original birth certificate. I have a xerox copy. The date on that copy is not matching with my admit card of secondary examination. How can I get my original birth certificate with my exact date of birth?

Guest Author: abishek.s30 Nov 2014

I lost my son's birth certificate. Kindly issue the duplicate copy.
Name: Abishek.s
Father's name: Sakthi.T
Mother's name: Sheela
Address: 10/19 Veerasami main street, Ayanavaram ch-23
Born in Regina Nursing Home on 27/10/2007 at 4.15 p.m.

Guest Author: Satishkumar Iyer06 Dec 2014

I have lost my previous birth certificate, how do I apply for a new one.
Name - Iyer Satishkumar Balasubramaniam
Father's Name - Rammurty Balasubramaniam
Mother's Maiden Name - Nirmala Ramachandran
Date of birth - 18-06-1971
Place of birth - Bhandup (West)
Hospital Name - Badwaik Hospital
Residence Address at time of birth - B/607, Ushanagar, Village Road, Bhandup (West), Mumbai - 400078

Guest Author: arvind rawal23 Dec 2014

I was born in a village in Rajasthan. I was issued birth certificate from Gram Panchayat. I have lost the original. Is the process same to get a duplicate one?

Guest Author: Sairam Kunche21 Jan 2015

I lost my original birth certificate and have a photo copy of it. Do I need do follow the whole procedure again?

Guest Author: Anjali Saha24 Feb 2015

I was born in Gorakhpur (UP). Now I lost my original birth certificate. How and to which ward should I contact in Gorakhpur to get the original?

Guest Author: Shaik Riyasudeen25 Feb 2015

Hi, your work is superb and very informative, and I have a problem, when we were in Dubai we have also lost our son's BC, born in Dubai and hospital records & his old passport issued in Dubai and recently renewed issued from Kerala also available, but no copy of BC, at present we are residing in Kerala., please I need your valuable advice for the same.
NB:- Tried once with Indian consulate Dubai, Not received any satisfying answer.
Can be arrange somebody in Dubai, If you suggest to visit any offices for the same.

Guest Author: jl prasad01 Apr 2015

Hi Vandana,

I was born in a village house in Belgaum in May 1969. My mother came back to Mumbai - where my parents lived then - soon after. My father registered my birth in Mumbai (Parel-Dadar ward area) in July 1969.

A couple of months back when I approached to the ward office, they said that they need some proof from the place I was born (Belgaum). But since, nothing was registered there as it was a small village and I was born at home, I don't have any such proof.

I recently found a few bits and pieces of my original birth certificate. It shows two numbers - one of top left and one on top right. It also shows my name and sex. However father's name is not clear and the part with my mother's name is missing.

Recently I have learnt on the MCGM website that they only have records as old as 1996 added into the system.

So how do I get my records which are as old as the year 1969? Can you suggest what should I do to get a copy of my BC now?


Guest Author: Vinod Gonsalves26 Apr 2015

I was born in Akola (1963) other than the date, I do not have any more details. We have no one in Akola at this time. I need to get a brith certificate. Does that mean I have to go to (Municpal Corp) Akola to get the document? Can I not go a Municiapl Corp in Mumbai or Pune to get a certificate?

Guest Author: Meera Verma29 Apr 2015

I was born in the year of 1958 in Delhi and I don't have the birth certificate. I was not born in any hospital. My school certificates are also misplaced. Where will I get the birth certificate from?

Guest Author: Athira10 May 2015

Hi. I'm from Kerala and I lost my bc a few years back..can i get a new one from the dist.kozhikode?please suggest..

Guest Author: sumitsai18 May 2015

I was issued Non availability certificate in lieu of Birth certificate about 3 years back from Kolkatta. Now, I want get addition copy of the certificate. How can I obtain it?

Guest Author: arpit07 Jun 2015

I have original page of hospital where I was born indicating my birth date and mother's name. so can it works in place of DOB certificate

Guest Author: vivek09 Jul 2015

I have a xerox copy of my birth certificate but don't have the original one, so am I eligible to apply for passport and will get it or do I need to get the original birth certificate and then only I can apply for the passport?

Guest Author: jashal mehta15 Oct 2015

What to do if there is no record found corresponding to the details I gave for issuing the the second original birth certificate? I have given the details like father's name, mother's name and the date of birth.but there is no records on this. I had born in Calcutta and I want a 2nd original birth certifiacte from the Calcutta municipality.

Guest Author: lavi kumar23 Oct 2015

I have not yet applied for my birth certificate. I was born at Chopra Hospital in Ludhiana but am presently settled in Haryana. Please guide me as to where should I apply for my birth certificate. In case I have to get it from Ludhiana, can it be processed by someone else since my busy schedule does not permit me to take a break.

Guest Author: lavi kumar23 Oct 2015

How to apply for a birth certificate? Please guide me.

Guest Author: Ajith Pillai03 Dec 2015

I have got xerox copy of my birth certificate but original lost. The municipal authority says that the record is almost destroyed and have asked me to wait for a while to to issue the certificate. Can I get the certificate? If not, is there a way that I can get my passport without the birth certificate? My birth is registered in Anchal Kerala and I live in Mumbai. The officials seemed like they needed some bribe although they never mentioned that.
Please guide me
Ajith pillai
Place Anchal kollam District Kerala

Author: Vandana12 Dec 2015 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 2

Regarding requirement of birth certificate for issuance of passport: As per the Govt. issued rules, you do need the birth certificate as proof if you are born on or after 26th January, 1989. This certificate should be the one issued by the Municipal authority or the Office of the Registrar of births and deaths. Please refer:

Guest Author: Bharat Agarwal27 Dec 2015

Thank you very much for this article on duplicate birth certificate. However, I needed some help with the procedure.
My dad was born in Bikaner, Rajasthan but we live in Chennai now. I do not have his birth certificate. Could you please help me with this. Awaiting your response.

Guest Author: Deni08 Feb 2016

My mother too don't have birth certificate and so is now unable to take a passport. How to apply for birth certificate now? Since she has not studied much, it is also difficult for her to process the documents. So, please give some guidance.

Guest Author: Manish Kanani02 Mar 2016

I lost my birth certificate , I was born in Mumbai Maharashtra , I presently reside overseas in Kenya .
How can i obtain a duplicate certificate and how do i make the payments necessary.

Guest Author: suraj naik30 Mar 2016

hi Vandana,
My problem is quiet different.
I haven't issued my birth cert. & I was using birth cert. issued by the hospital.
So now when I need the original one from grampanchayat (since there is no municipal corporation at my district & only gram panchayat issues birth & death certificates), I found that they were maintaining a register for records & now the some of pages which includes my birth registration is missing from there documents.
Now I don't know how to apply for my birth certificate.
Please help how to apply for it again as it was there mistake & now I need to pay & go rounds for panchayat offices.
Do I need to re-register for my birth registration?

Guest Author: Sowmya02 Aug 2016

Hai Vandana,
I lost my child's birth certificate. Now I am willing to apply for a duplicate BC with inclusion of his name along with surname. Is it possible to do so? If yes, how long will it take? His BC is from Vizag.

Guest Author: Dakshita02 Oct 2016

How long does it take to get a duplicate copy of my lost birth certificate? I was born in Jodhpur. So, which ward and office should I approach?

Guest Author: pulsating gamer23 Oct 2017

Hello, What is the procedure to apply in Chennai? I am born in 1988.

Author: Vandana23 Oct 2017 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 2

For Chennai:
For any queries related with Birth registration / certificate refer to this list of contacts:

For documents to be produced for Name inclusion/Correction and Non-Availability Certificate refer:

Author: Vandana23 Oct 2017 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 3

For those in Vizag, these sites may be of help to you:

You can also approach a Mee Seva Centre for assistance. A list of centres is here:

Guest Author: Rajappan Venu19 Dec 2017

I am an ex-serviceman. When I was posted at one of the AF Units in Delhi my son was born in Delhi Cantt Army Hospital in the year 1995. Presently I lost his birth certificate. Now my son has got a chance to go aboard and they are asking for the Birth certificate. How to get a duplicate birth certificate from Delhi? Presently I am staying in Kerala. What action should I take? Please provide valuable guidelines. I can give full details in this regard for obtaining the certificate.

Guest Author: Trishna19 Dec 2017

Hello, I don't see Kolkata listed. May I please inquire the contact information, email/phone and/or address to inquire about getting a duplicate birth certificate. Also, I was born in 1977 and my original birth certificate didn't even have my name on it. As a naturalized US citizen now, how can I possibly get a birth certificate with my name on it if I don't have my Indian Passport or other documentation? My husband and I are attempting to adopt a child from India and we are coming upon multiple roadblocks here. Thank you.

Author: Vandana25 Dec 2017 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 1

Rajappan Venu Sir,
You could contact the Health Dept. Registrar via the contact numbers provided at this page and make enquiries -

Author: Vandana25 Dec 2017 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 2

I did mention Kolkata in the list. Please refer to the official website of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation: You can also visit the 'Contact Us' page via the link given at the bottom of the site. I would suggest that you contact the Health Department by email and state your issue, requesting what can be done, conveying urgency to get the issue resolved quickly.

Guest Author: prem nath31 Dec 2017

I am looking for a birth record for my great-grandfather. He was born around 1863, in Gahmar, Zamania, Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Guest Author: Mohsin Momaya03 Feb 2018

I was born in a village in Gujarat in June 1988. My birth certificate is in the Gujarati language. Now I want it in the English Language. Birth and death department of the state has no record or has lost the same record and so they have denied issuing the same. What is the remedy available to me?

Guest Author: Tanya13 Mar 2018

Hello Vandana. My Husband was born in Mangalore and needs a copy of his Birth Certificate. Unfortunately, the hospital that he was born in has closed and so is unable to get a copy of the discharge certificate or a registration number. Looking forward to your advice on how he can apply for the same.

Guest Author: saloni16 Apr 2019

I am having my original copy of birth certificate but we no longer reside at my birthplace. My birth is registered. The problem is that my original copy is 23 years old and the paper is torn and not in good condition. I need it to apply for a visa to translate it from the british council. what can be done in my case? Suggestions, please.

Guest Author: antony15 Nov 2019

I lost my original birth certificate and have a photo copy of it. Do I need do follow the whole procedure again?

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