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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14 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.

  2. My name is joe Gilbert i was adopted out of vanlncia Spain need to get a birth certificate from Valencia Spain & Don’t have any info but date of birth & Spanish birth name. If leas need help. 7856697011

  3. Anna O'Neill ( formely Fernandez) says:

    Thank you so much for supplying this information. I am using your step by step guide to order a ‘certificación Literal de nacimiento’ for my dad and for myself. I am a Spanish national but was born in the UK. My dad was born in Spain back in 1930 ( my mother is also Spanish) and until 2000 I had a spanish passport and was officially Spanish. Then after marriage to a UK citizen and the birth of my son I lost my Spanish nationality due to my own ignorance. I simply did not renew my Spanish passport which means that after 3 years I automatically lost my Spanish nationality.
    Today I have ordered both certificates which I need in order to reapply for my passport and without your step by step guide( and some advice from my Spanish friend) I would have probably given up as a lost cause…. Many thanks.

  4. Randa M. says:

    Hello Dawsr. How are you? I have two queries: 1) Can I order a certificate from overseas all the way from the United Arab Emirates? 2) There are so many websites that I can order from, how do I know which one is legitimate or not? They all charge for the services. Examples are https://registrocivil.pro/
    https://www.certificadodelregistrocivil.es/certificados-registro-civil-la-coruna
    https://registrocivil.es/
    Thank you, I would really appreciate your help

    • Randa M. says:

      Oh and Happy new year! 🙂

    • Dawsr says:

      Hello Randa,
      Happy New Year!
      To answer your first question, yes you can order a copy of a certificate to be sent to the UAE. Make sure to inclue an e-mail address and a telephone in case the registry office need to contact you.
      As for the second question, the website you quote is not an official source so I would be cautious about using them. I advise anyone wishing to order a B/M/D certificate from Spain to use the website of the Spanish Ministry of Justice, and look for the page under “Services” where one can order the certificates online (see my downloadable PDF for more information).
      If you have any more questions feel free to drop me a line either here or via e-mail.
      Best regards,
      Dawsr

      • Randa M. says:

        Thank you so much Dawsr! Your post, blog and PDF were all extremely helpful. I wanted to ask, would the birth certificate contain a civil registry stamp or authentication stamp of sorts?
        Thanks again 🙂

      • Dawsr says:

        Absolutely! They should include a stamp and the signature of the registrar or the registry secretary, as well as a reference to the book and page where the certificate itself is located. 🙂

  5. Randa M. says:

    You’ve been incredibly helpful Dawsr. I can’t thank you enough! 🙂 🙂

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