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There’s a lot to be done after the birth of your child. An important thing to tick off your to-do list is the birth registration. Here are the facts:
- You must register your child within 30 days of his or her birth.
- Anyone who is legally responsible for the child – whether it’s the biological parents, adoptive parents or guardians – can register him or her.
- Registration is done at the Department of Home Affairs.
- Once complete, the parent or guardian will receive an unabridged birth certificate free of charge.
- If you need more copies, you can apply and pay the required fee at the Department of Home Affairs.
- If born into a marriage, your child can be registered under the surnames of both the father and mother.
- Children born out of wedlock are usually registered under the mom’s surname. If both parents give permission for the child to have the father’s surname, this can be done too.
- If you do not register your child within 30 days of his or her birth, this is seen as a late registration. Parents who register late need to meet extra requirements. Contact the Department of Home Affairs for more information.
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