Birth Registration


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

Tell: 3611400

Toll Free: 0800 600 777

Service Branches:
You may locate the service branche in charge in the  
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