How to Get a Birth Certificate in Vietnam: A Summary

 photo birthcert_zps26ec1113.jpgSo I realize how difficult to read all my entries on getting a birth certificate in Vietnam. For reference, you can check out the following posts:

How to Get a Birth Certificate in Vietnam
Birth Certificate Requirements
Final Sprint in Securing a Birth Certificate

But I will go ahead and summarize in this blog post on how to get a birth certificate in Vietnam.

First though, I would like to clarify some things on the nationality of a child born in Vietnam from foreign parents or Vietnamese-foreign parents.

Technically, only those born from Vietnamese parents are considered Vietnamese. However, if the foreign parents fail to agree on the nationality of their child, the child is then Vietnamese. Reference is from Resolution No. 51/2001/QH10.

Relevant articles:

Article 16. The nationality of children either of whose parents is a Vietnamese citizen

1. A child born inside or outside the Vietnamese territory either of whose parents is a Vietnamese citizen and the other is a stateless person at the time of his/her birth or whose mother, at the time of his/her birth, is a Vietnamese citizen and whose father is unknown, has Vietnamese nationality.

2. A child either of whose parents is a Vietnamese citizen at the time of his/her birth and the other is a foreign national has the Vietnamese nationality if so agreed in writing by his/her parents at the time of birth registration. In case a child is born in the Vietnamese territory but his/her parents fail to reach an agreement on the selection of his/her nationality, the child has Vietnamese nationality.

Article 17. The nationality of children whose parents are stateless persons

1. A child born in the Vietnamese territory whose parents, at the time of his/her birth, are both stateless persons with a permanent residence in Vietnam has Vietnamese nationality.

2. A child born in the Vietnamese territory whose mother, at the time of his/her birth, is a stateless person with a permanent residence in Vietnam and whose father is unknown, has Vietnamese nationality.

So let’s go back to the topic, how to get a birth certificate?

Step 1: Prepare all necessary documents.

1.  Certificate of Live Birth issued by the hospital
2.  Authenticated Marriage Certificate of the parents
3.  Original and photocopy of the Father’s passport
4.  Original and photocopy of the Mother’s passport
5.  Affidavit of the Child’s nationality (authenticated in your own embassy/consul)
6.  Original and photocopy of the Landlord’s Police Registration Book
7.  Child Birth Registration Form from the MoJ
8.Affidavit that the Person in the Father’s Passport is the same as the Person in the Marriage Certificate (authenticated in your own embassy/consul)
9.  Affidavit that the Person in the Mother’s Passport is the same as the Person in the Marriage Certificate (authenticated in your own embassy/consul)
10.  Affidavit of the Child’s Nationality from the Vietnamese government (People’s Committee)

Step 2: Have all English documents translated to Vietnamese and notarized.

Here, you have to the People’s Committee (47 Le Duan St., D1 | Open: M-F /Sat (half day)). For translation and notarization at the People’s Committee, you’d have to pay roughly 100,000 VND each document.  If you’re just going to have it notarized, it’s much, much cheaper.  Transaction time is 3 days.

Step 3: Have all translated and notarized documents authenticated.

Here, you go to the Department of Foreign Affairs (6 Alexandre de Rhodes St., D1 | Open: M-F / Sat (half day)). Upon entering the premises, get your ticket number by the guard house and go directly to the small office at your right behind the guard house.   Transaction fee is at 30,000 VND per document.  Transaction time is 1 day.

Step 4: Apply for birth certificate.

Pass all Vietnamese authenticated documents to the Ministry of Justice (141 & 143 Pasteur St., D3 | Open: M-F). Once you enter the MoJ, you have to have your documents checked for completion at the small office at the right before going up the main building. If all documents are in order, you will be asked to go to the main building to pass your documents. The windows in the MoJ are labeled in English so I don’t think you’ll have a difficult time. Transaction time is 4 days. If you failed to submit the documents 60 days after giving birth, you’d have to pay a fine.

Step 5: Get the birth certificate, apply for English translation, and authentication.

You shall receive the Birth Certificate in Vietnamese which you can have translated into English in the MoJ. I opted to have ours translated in the People’s Committee and notarized. Again, we had to go to the Department of Foreign Affairs for authentication of the document and had it re-authenticated in our own embassy/consul.

Voila! Birth certificate ready for passport application!

Approximate days of transaction is around 20 working days. Be prepared to spend a month on this.

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45 Responses to How to Get a Birth Certificate in Vietnam: A Summary

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  2. If parents had not registered the birth of the child, then they can apply for late registration or re-registration of birth. The process differs from region to region.

  3. Angelo says:

    Hi, I have a question.
    My parents are Vietnamese, but when I was born in Italy they lost their Vietnamese citizenship and got the Italian ones, so actually if they’ll get back the Vietnamese citizenship, can I apply for it as well?
    Sorry for my English.

    • Lyra says:

      Hi Angelo. I came across this law when I was working on a project, Law on Vietnamese Nationality. Check out Chapter 2, Article 15.

      Article 15. The nationality of children whose parents are Vietnamese citizens

      “A child born inside or outside the Vietnamese territory whose parents, at the time of his/her birth, are both Vietnamese citizens has Vietnamese nationality.”

      Were you born when your parents were still VN citizens? I think you’d have to show your parents birth certificates. Also if your parents seek citizenship again, I think they can. Check section 3 on restoration of nationality of thos same law. http://moj.gov.vn/vbpq/en/Lists/Vn%20bn%20php%20lut/View_Detail.aspx?ItemID=10451

      Good luck!

      • Angelo says:

        Thank you very much for your kind answer!
        Well, my parents weren’t VN citizens anymore when I was born, but if they’ll ask to get back the VN citizenship, I can ask for it as well, right?
        Thank you and have a great day!

      • Tosca says:

        Hi, Can you help me by any chance please (clutching a straw!). I was born in VN but came to UK in 1984 as a refugee. I eventually applied for British citizenship and was successful. In any case, I married in 1994 to a British man but divorced in 2006. The wedding was a long time ago and I cannot recall how we went about it (probably because my ex sorted everything out). I am now considering getting married again and I saw that my birth certificate will be required which I do not possess. I don’t want to go to VN to apply for this. The VN embassy in London said categorically they cannot deal with this kind of request. I don’t know what to do in order to obtain one. Your advice would be much appreciated.
        Tosca

      • Tosca says:

        Hello Lyra
        Hi, Can you help me by any chance please (clutching a straw!). I was born in VN but came to UK in 1984 as a refugee. I eventually applied for British citizenship and was successful. In any case, I married in 1994 to a British man but divorced in 2006. The wedding was a long time ago and I cannot recall how we went about it (probably because my ex sorted everything out). I am now considering getting married again and I saw that my birth certificate will be required which I do not possess. I don’t want to go to VN to apply for this. The VN embassy in London said categorically they cannot deal with this kind of request. I don’t know what to do in order to obtain one. Your advice would be much appreciated.
        Tosca

      • Lyra says:

        Hi Tosca. Do you have family here in Vietnam? You can ask a relative to get you the birth certificate at the Ministry of Justice. Would probably be best if you send a letter of authorization.

      • Tosca says:

        Hi Lyra, Thank you for a quick reply. Unfortunately I don’t have any relatives in VN either, and have lost touch with my school friends too as it has been many moons now 😦 Tosca

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  5. Rinse says:

    Dear Lyra,

    I’ve read your posts with great interest and hope that you can help us. A very good family friend is in the process of remigrating to Vietnam, but the lack of official papers threatens to stop this.

    Our friend escaped Vietnam in 1983 and ended up in The Netherlands and currently holds the Dutch nationality. When he left Vietnam, papers like birth certificate etc were lost. Over the last years, both his parents have deceased, but his brother and sister are still alive.

    The thought of going back to Vietnam has always been in his heart, and with a current job opening within reach, he is trying everything to realise that. He is currently in Vietnam to try to get the Vietnamese nationality. When he went to the authorities, he was denied this because he doesn’t have a birth certificate. The municipality in which he was born have lost all their birth records from those days, so he isn’t able to get a copy there either.

    What things could he do so that he can obtain Vietnamese nationality? His brother and sister are prepared to vouch for him but I don’t know whether this is a possibility. He is in Vietnam until the 20th of July so any advice that you can give I’ll get through immediately so that hopefully he can security his nationality.

  6. Rinse says:

    Thanks so much for your, and anyone else’s help!

  7. Vipul Lal says:

    Excellent post. Clear and detailed.

    However, I did have a question. I am an Indian national and my wife is Vietnamese. However, both of us don’t stay in Viet Nam. My wife delivered our son in Ho Chi Minh City, where she belongs.

    Question is, are the original documents required at every step of the way? I was hoping to come there for a day, submit my documents for translation, and then my wife can complete the formalities. Marriage cert in original is no problem, but I can not travel without my passport!

    Thanks for your help.

  8. Kim says:

    Thanks for this information. I live in Australia but was born in Vietnam in 1977. My parents are Cambodian and we escaped from there. We have VISA’s but I want my birth certificate. I have no idea if I can get it, it all seems so complicated. Can you suggest if this is possible for me?

  9. roland may says:

    Hello Lyra,
    I am a British citizen , been living in Vietnam and recently married a Vietnamese woman ( under Vietnamese law ). We have just discovered that my wife is pregnant and we would like if possible for our baby to have duel nationality.
    I have a factory in London and have had to return to UK to take up my position as Managing director after the recent loss of my general manager, and my wife will be joining me in London later this month and has just been granted a multiple UK entry family visa.
    I would imagine that we will opt for the baby to be born in UK , and will subsequently have a british birth certificate. However , I would like that baby has duel nationality if possible .

    Would you kindly give me some advise on whether the Vietnamese authorities will allow this

  10. Debbie says:

    My friend was born in Vietnam he is approximately 42 yrs old. He lost his birth certificate. How does he get a replacement?

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  12. sarahbyrnes01@yahoo.co.uk says:

    Hello, Going through the process of getting my daughter her birth cert, me and my partner are both English but unmarried so i’m assuming i just register her in my name and details only. Did you have to have your birth certificate as well at any point? i have a copy of mine but trying to avoid going to British embassy in Hanoi to get it certified if its not necessary.

    Thanks for any help
    Sarah

    • Lyra says:

      Hi Sarah. No I didn’t need to show my birth certificate but ours may be a different case since we’re married and we had to show our marriage certificate. I’m not sure how it is for your case.

  13. Alan says:

    Hi Lyra ! Pleases help me ?
    My baby just recently born in Vietnam, mother is Vietnamese and father is British citizen. And I don’t really know what sort of document they need from Vietnam. because i really want to apply uk passport for my baby …pleases help me guardian angel : )

  14. Tony Nguyen says:

    It is suggested you consult with ANT Lawyers, the law firm in Vietnam that could assist on this matter. Check it out here. http://www.antlawyers.vn/library/how-to-recognize-father-or-mother-for-a-child.html or http://www.antlawyers.vn/legal-service/how-to-apply-for-birth-certificate-for-newborn-in-vietnam.html

    Hope this help.

  15. Sarahlen ranas says:

    Helo im sarah and im from philippines? Can i have a question pls? Im pregant now for 5months and my fiance is vietnamese, so we decided that i give birth here in vietnam.. but im just wondering if still have a posiblity that i can bring my child in my country even me and my husband is not yet married after i give birth(financial problem).. but my child will be a vietnamese citizen here in vietnam because that’s my fiance want to be.. so im a little bit scared that i cannot bring my child out of this vietnam country because i dont know how long im ginna stay here in vietnam? I hope you send me answer as soon as possible.. pls send me a message to my email add.. phansam615@gmail.com or sarahphan@gmail.com.. thank you and have a noce day..

  16. Ben Dinh says:

    Hello,

    I am an American expat in Vietnam married to my Vietnamese spouse. We just had a newborn in Ho Chi Minh City and want to obtain a birth certificate to apply for US citizenship for our newborn. Does anyone know how to or have an example of a proper Affidavit of the Child’s nationality to give to the United States Embassy to authenticate?

    Thanks for any information.

  17. Richard says:

    Interesting, about point 2.

    If mother is Viet, father is foreign. And parenst want the child to be foreign citizen. So do they still need to name the kid a vietnamese name to get a birth certificate to then apply for foreign items?

  18. I am a catholic Priest from Pondicherry,India. I came to know of a sevant of God bearing the name Joseph Tamby from pondicherry . Leaving the family he lived in Kerala and Andhra as a franciscan brother of 3rd order.immitating the poverty of Christ till his death on Jan.15, 1945 .There is no record of his birth. His parents Savarimuth Tamby and Annammal seem to have lived in Vietnam.arounf 1982 to 1983.. his birth certificate is needed for his beatification. Kindly joint the search team. Br. Joseph Tamby will abundantly bless you.

    Fr. A.S.Antonisamy
    e-mail : asrosary@gmail.com

  19. Corrected Version
    I am a catholic Priest from Pondicherry,India. I came to know of a sevant of God bearing the name Joseph Tamby from pondicherry . Leaving the family he lived in Kerala and Andhra as a franciscan brother of 3rd order.immitating the poverty of Christ till his death on Jan.15, 1945 .There is no record of his birth. His parents Savarimuth Tamby and Annammal seem to have lived in Vietnam.around 1882 to 1883..His birth certificate is needed for his beatification. Kindly joint the search team. Br. Joseph Tamby will abundantly bless you.

    Fr. A.S.Antonisamy
    e-mail : asrosary@gmail.com

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  22. Hi there
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    Thanks for sharing.

  23. Carol says:

    Hey everyone ,what happens to a baby born in Vietnam by Africans parents ? Please help via carolshironjeri@yahoo.com

  24. Tamara Lynn Stephenson Stebbins says:

    I am trying to get my birth certificate, I was born and in an orphanage in Saigon dearing the Vietnam War and was adopted by a military man and brought to the USA and have know idea how to get my birth certificate my given name by the military is Tamara Lynn Stephenson/Stebbins now if you could help it would be appreciated thank you

  25. khalil says:

    I and my wife are pakisatani and we are planning to have alitychild in vietnam.. can our child get vietnam nationality ??? or eventually with our child vietnemaes nationacality , can we get vietnamese nationality????

  26. khalil says:

    experts please guide me ,,

  27. khalil says:

    pakistani tournatist new born baby can get vietnamese nationality????

  28. elwin says:

    Hi,
    Thanks for the great information. Do i need to leave my passport with MOJ during these period? or they’ll just inspect it and give it back to me as i am currently working overseas and my time in Vietnam would be limited.

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