Birth Certificate is the most important identity document as it establishes the date and facts of one's birth. Birth Certificate is required for availing several benefits offered by Government of India to its citizens like :
In India, it is mandatory under the law (as per the Registration of Births & Deaths Act, 1969) to register every birth/stillbirth with the concerned State/UT Government within 21 days of its occurrence. The Government accordingly has provided a well-defined system for registration of Birth, with the Registrar General at the center and the Chief Registrars in the States, running through district registrars to the village and town registrars at the periphery.
The head of the house in which a birth has taken place or nearest relative of the head of the House or oldest person in the family or AnganwadiSewika or Chawkidar should inform the concerned registrar
Changes in the birth certificate can be undertaken at same registration unit on a written request along with an affidavit and undertaking from the informant.