Registering a Child in Croatia

In order to register a child under 18 years of age in the Croatian Birth Registry an application may be submitted by a legal representative provided that at the time of the child’s birth, one of the parents was a Croatian citizen.

Applications can be submitted by parents through the Embassy or directly at the Registry Office in Croatia according to the place of residence/address of the Croatian citizen parent (a list of registry offices is available at www.uprava.hr ). If the parent(s) is/are not in a position to travel to Croatia they can assign power of attorney to a relative/friend who can file the application on their behalf in Croatia.

The application form (available at the Embassy when applying) must be accompanied by the following:

  • A valid passport of the legal representative who submitted the request;
  • A valid Croatian passport of a parent who is a Croatian citizen;
  • A birth certificate – a UK birth certificate must be legalized at the Legalization Office with an Apostille stamp www.fco.gov.uk/legalisation and translated into Croatian by an official interpreter in the UK (a list of Croatian interpreters in the UK is available in the Consular Section of this web site) or by a certified court interpreter in Croatia.
  • A statement of consent by the parents on the registered residence/address of the child.

TIMEFRAME:

The average duration of proceedings from when the application is submitted through the Embassy until the registration of the child is 3 to 6 months. The same procedure in the Registrar's Office in Croatia can be made the same day.

Fee: 29 GBP

The Embassy reserves the right to request additional documents while conducting legally obligatory proceedings related to each request filed.