Registering a birth in Bulgaria

Hello everyone,

Have you had to or are you going to register a birth in Bulgaria? What was the experience like?

Who is required to register the birth, and where? Can it be either the mother or father?

What documents are usually required in Bulgaria?

How long does the process to register a birth take? Are there any time limits in which the registration must be completed?

Did you register the birth with your home country and how did that process compare? Will your child be able to have dual nationality?

Thank you for sharing your experience.


Registering the birth of our children was easy but a bit weird for me. I gave birth at the hospital and the staff filled out some documents (name, sex etc). My husband then had to take these documents to the obshtina to get a birth certificate and EGN issued before I was allowed to check out of the hospital. I have to wonder how single mothers manage this. Also, not sure how it is if both parents are foreigners.

We then made an appointment at the US embassy, took my son's Bulgarian birth certificate, my passport, residence card, and my husband's ID card (and my husband) to register the birth in the US. We got a passport for our son at the time, as well as a social security card. It was an easy process, although not fun to travel with an infant to sofia from varna. With our daughter we are waiting to register her birth with the embassy until she is a little older.

Yes, they get dual citizenship.

As a side note- because we are married and because my husband is Bulgarian, we were required to follow the naming laws (father's name as a middle name and father's last name as the family name). It made us unhappy, but no matter who we asked, the only way to get around it was to either get a divorce or to change our kid's name in court after they were released from the hospital.

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