REGISTRATION OF BIRTH
This is the act of registering children born in Botswana in the National Register.
Who qualifies to have a birth certificate?
Anyone born in Botswana qualifies for a birth certificate.
How much does it cost to apply for a birth certificate?
Where birth is registered within the prescribed time (within 60 days of its occurrence), a certificate is issued for free. Any registration done after that period attracts a levy of for every month of defaulting, up to a maximum of P100.00
How do I apply for a birth certificate when I have a naturalised citizenship?
A birth certificate is issued only to people born in Botswana. Foreign natoinals born in Botswana have 7 birth registration digit numbers while Batswana have 9 birth registration digit numbers.
NB: If your parents or guardian have a naturalized citizenship and you are born in Botswana, you qualify for a Motswana birth certificate with 9 certificate numbers.
How long does it take to get a birth certificate?
Upon receipt of a report of a birth the registrar shall issue a birth certificate then.
Can one send someone else to collect him/her birth certificate?
Only a mother father or guardian can collect a birth certificate of his/her child. Also someone with legal identity/passport can collect his or her own birth certificate.
How do I register for birth certificate?
It is a mandatory to report a birth within 60 days of its occurrence. Such a report should be made by the parent/guardian of every child born alive and should be accompanied by a notice of birth from the doctor (form CRB-2), or Kgosi to the registrar if birth occurred at home.
Who do I contact for this service?
Department of Civil and National Registration
Toll Free: 0800 600 777
Fill in form:
Fee: Free of charge
You may locate the service branche in charge in the Useful Links