Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – The Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA) announced the completion of the transfer of the Births & Deaths Registration Center to its new premises at iGA’s main branch in Isa Town, with services to be opened to the public from September 1st, 2019. The new facility is ready to provide services to nationals and residence from 7.30am to 1pm from Sunday to Thursday. August 29th, 2019 will be the last working day for the department at its former premises at the Ministry of Health.
This decision implements Article 12 of Law No. 7 of 2019 regulating the registration of births and deaths and requiring the transfer of the service from being under the authority of the Ministry of Health to that of iGA. The iGA thanked the Ministry for its cooperation in allowing for the service to be smoothly transferred without any interruptions in services offered to the public.
iGA also reminds the public that personal attendance by relatives is required for certificate issuances in certain cases. For births, attendance is required for the issuance of birth certificates for individuals born prior to 1994, and also for certificate printing requests for citizens born abroad. Attendance is also needed for certificate printing requests for citizens or residents who passed away within Bahrain or abroad. And finally, personal attendance is needed for death or birth certificate issuances in cases where they are requested by Bahraini court orders or rulings.
Deaths must be reported within 72 hours from the date of death, extendable to 60 days in cases where the deaths occurred outside the Kingdom. The law specifies that new births must be notified within 15 days of the date if they are within the Kingdom and 60 days if abroad.
In cases where the births occurred outside the Kingdom of Bahrain, the relative must bring an original birth certificate attested by the country in which the birth took place, along with copies of the father’s and mother’s passports or identity cards, a copy of the marriage contract (Bahraini) and a copy of the passport or identity card of the applicant.
Hospitals in Bahrain report births and issue personal numbers so that guardians can complete the birth certificate and identity card issuance process electronically through the national portal bahrain.bh. If, in one of the above cases, personal attendance applies, the applicant must bring copies of the passport or identity card of the newborn, father and mother, and a copy of the lost birth certificate (if any), along with a copy of the marriage contract.
In cases of deaths outside the Kingdom, relatives of the deceased up to the third degree must bring the original and a copy of the death certificate issued by the country in which the death occurred, along with the original passport or identity card of the deceased, and the original passport or identity card of the applicant.
In cases of deaths within the Kingdom of Bahrain, relatives of the deceased up to the third degree must bring medical notification of the cause of death from the hospital or the Public Security Directorate at the Ministry of Interior, along with the original passport or identity card of the deceased, in addition to the original identity card of the applicant.
iGA invites the public to engage with it through the National Contact Center 80008001, its social media accounts on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter (@iGAbahrain), and its Tawasul application which is designed to receive comments, inquiries and complaints.