Procedure to get Birth Certificate in Saudi Arabia

In my previous article, I have discussed the matters one should consider in deciding the childbirth in Saudi Arabia. Now, we will be talking about the steps you need to take after child's birth in Saudi Arabia. Paperwork starts as soon as a child gets birth.

This article discusses the procedure you need to adapt to get the birth certificate of the child born in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We will be explaining the procedure to get a birth certificate for your children from Saudi Arabia in detail.

Appointment with Ahwal-e-Madni: If you are expecting baby birth within next 30 days, then follow the given steps to get register your baby in KSA on time. Do get an appointment from Ahwal-e-Madni (Civil Affairs).

You can get an appointment with the online system either you have an online account on MOI web portal or not, to get appointment click on this link. “Book an Appointment with Ahwal-e-Madni”.

Keep in mind; you will have to contact the Ahwal-e-Madni of the same city where your child has taken birth. They will not entertain your application if you take an appointment in some other city.

There is a Late Birth Registration Fee of SR 50 if you are going to Civil Affairs office after one month of your child's birth. Make sure you pay the Late Birth Registration Fee online.

Birth Notification from the Hospital: After baby’s birth, get baby’s birth notification paper from Hospital where a baby born. Before you say thanks to Hospital management make sure that all information mentioned in the baby birth notification is correct especially you and your family Iqama ID, name, birth date, time and most important baby’s name.

Don’t forget to make sure that baby birth notification must have hospital stamp and doctor/ medical officer’s signature. Hospital takes around 1 week to issue this Birth Notification so it is better to apply for it just after the birth of a baby.

Required Documents: Prepare the file of following documents before you visit Ahwal-e-Madni to get your baby’s governmental birth certificate.

A copy of your appointment. The person who gives token in Ahwal-e-Madni checks Date and time on your appointment paper then gives you a token. You should only go there on the same date as mentioned in the appointment paper.

  • Copy of Baby’s birth notification issued by the Hospital
  • Iqama copy of baby’s father
  • Iqama copy of baby’s mother
  • Passport copy of baby’s father
  • Passport copy of baby’s mother
  • Filled form named Form 87, you can fill it yourself or ask any Arabic speaking guy to fill it for you. Recommended: Download form 87 to get Birth Certificate in Saudi Arabia

Anyone who can write URDU (or of course Arabic) can easily fill the form or take help with Any Pakistani friend to fill this up.

At Ahwal-e-Madni Office: Try to reach there at least one hour before your appointment, when you visit Ahwal-e-Madni office.

You will take a token and wait for your turn. Submit all the documents to the respective counter and wait for the birth certificate to be printed. They will call your name once the birth certificate is ready.

Get Birth Certificate if Father is not a Saudi Resident: Along with above-mentioned documentation (whatever applicable), the mother needs to bring the following documentation as well to get the Birth Certificate from Ahwal-e-Madni

  • Attested marriage certificate along with Arabic translation (from home country Home Ministry, Saudi Embassy and Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
  • Power of Attorney from Father of the child authorizing and permitting any person (preferably close relatives) for applying for the birth certificate, collecting it, signing documents and do related legal procedures

The Power of Attorney must be issued by the home country court, attested by Saudi Embassy in the home country and Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Saudi Arabia.

Status on MOI (Abshir Account): As soon as the birth certificate is issued by the civil affairs or Ahwal e Madni, you can check the list of your dependents in the MOI. The newborn has been added to the list now and an Iqama number has been issued for him.

However, you still have to continue with the processing of Passport to get iqama for the newborn.

Riyadh Office: It is near Nasiriya Moror office just adjacent to Pakistan International School – Google Map Coordinates are 24.654209, 46.681778.

First of all, you go to main building and after you enter in this you will see a police guy sitting on left side of the main entrance gate where you have to show your appointment paper and he will give you token.

Then go to waiting area just on the right side and wait for your turn (normally you will be served on window 2 or 3). Here you will provide all required papers (8 documents I mentioned above). 

After submitting your documents, you have to go back to the same location and just check near window 2 or window 3 if there is any Saudi official guy who is holding a Governmental birth certificate.

It is light green color card little bit small from A4 paper size). So if you find that guy then tell him your baby’s name and get your certificate or if you not find him near windows then go to Manager’s room it’s on the right side and adjacent to operation windows where you submitted your documents.

Tell him your baby’s name and get your certificate. So with this, your work with Ahwal-e-Madni ended.

Jeddah Office: Arbaeen Street (Prince Mitaeb Road) JEDDAH. GPS Coordinates: 21.5690689,39.209327. When you go enter the office, just go to your left until you reach the window which is the last one and show your appointment paper so the person can give you a token number and wait for your turn.

I submitted all my paper along with original passport of wife and mine with Iqama. He checked and prints out the birth certificate and asked me to wait for a while there.

After 10-15 minutes, he will call everyone's name to return the birth certificate after stamping it. As soon as you received it please make sure all the details are correct. He will return all your documents and birth certificate which he printed. That's it. Shared by “Shoman”

Next step is to get the Birth Certificate attested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs if you are an expatriate living in Saudi Arabia. Recommended: Procedure to Attest Documents from MOFA