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Birth Registration

Resident Service>Administrative Services>Birth Registration
Birth registration of a child born between a Korean national and a foreigner
Birth registration of a child born to married parents
  • The birth of a child who is born to a Korean father and a foreign national mother must be reported by filing the Family Relationship Registry. The father or other people responsible for birth registration fill out the Family Relationship Registry.
  • The birth of a child who is born to a Korean mother and a foreign national father must be reported by filing the Family Relationship Registry. The mother or other people responsible for birth registration fill out the FamilyRelationship Registry. In such case, the child can choose the family and clan name of the father or the mother. The name of the father must be filled out.
Birth registration of a child born to unmarried parents
  • Birth registration of a child born to a Korean father and a foreign national mother who are unmarried cannot be completed by the father’s filing of Family Relationship Registry alone. In this case, birth registration of the child first requires the father’s legal recognition report in accordance with legal recognition procedure for foreign nationals
    • (1) the child acquires Korean nationality by reporting to the Minister of Justice in accordance with the Nationality Act (in the case of minors) and
    • (2) the Minister of Justice approves naturalization of the child (in the case of majors).
    Therefore, the Family Relationship Registry can be filled out and filed after the child acquires Korean nationality. Birth report of a child that did not acquire Korean nationality is filed first as a Special Category Document. However, the Family Relationship Registry of a child who underwent legal recognition and its reporting as an unborn child can be completed by birth registration carried out by the father.
  • Birth registration of a child born to a Korean mother and a foreign national father who are unmarried can be completed by filing of the Family Relationship Registry made by the mother’s or other people responsible for birth registration. The last name of the mother is used to register the child and the identity of the father is not recorded. If the father makes legal recognition of the child and reports the recognition, details of the recognition are recorded. When the child acquires the nationality of the father’s country and the Korean nationality of the child is reported as canceled, the Family Relationship Registry is annulled.