How to order a Spanish birth certificate?

One of the most common questions I usually get when discussing genealogy is “how can I get my ancestor’s birth certificate from Spain?”. The procedure is actually pretty straight-forward and it usually only takes a few days – if you’re lucky!- to reach your doorstep. Oh, and most importantly, it’s free of charge wherever you live!

Going on an official government’s website can be a bit confusing, not least because of the language barrier, which is why I have prepared a simple PDF manual that will hopefully help you to order a Spanish birth certificate step by step.

Remember you can always contact me if you have additional questions or if anything remains unclear!

A traditional Spanish birth certificate before the introduction of telematic forms.

A traditional Spanish birth certificate before the introduction of telematic forms.

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3 Responses to How to order a Spanish birth certificate?

  1. William Sheeran says:

    Can anyone order a certificate ? Or has it got to be a relative ? Your article is very helpful.

    • Dawsr says:

      Hi William! Thanks for dropping by! Yes, anyone can order a birth/marriage/death certificate without necessarily being related to the person or persons contained therein. The only exceptions where a family link may be needed (always on an ad hoc basis) will be when the birth is recent (and therefore the person may be alive) or if the information contained in the side note makes the information on certificate somewhat “sensitive” (e.g. if the person was deemed legally incapable, or if he/she was born illegitimate and there may be a reason for hiding the child’s parents’ identity). I have ordered many certificates in my time and in my experience proof of family relationship has only been requested twice. Hope this helps! Best wishes.

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