Do You Need To Put Godparents On The Birth Certificate?


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Robin Burden Profile
Robin Burden answered
Nope, the names of Godparents don't appear on a child's birth certificate - only the name of the baby's actual parents do.

Do godparents appear on a birth certificate? Unless they end up becoming the child's adoptive parents, it's unlikely that godparents will feature on a birth certificate at all.

In the US, birth certificates and the evidence required to apply for one, are controlled by the State Department (even though birth certificates are issued by individual states).

You can find more information about what information a US birth certificate displays here.

In the UK, there are 10 details that a birth certificate will display:

  1. When and where the child was born.
  2. Name of baby.
  3. Sex.
  4. Name and surname of father.
  5. Name, surname and maiden surname of mother.
  6. Occupation of father.
  7. Signature, description and residence of informant.
  8. When registered.
  9. Signature of registrar.
  10. Name entered after registration.
To view the layout of a UK birth certificate, you can visit

In most parts of the world, godparents are simply adults who have a personal interest in the well-being and upbringing of a child.

Although they are often very close to the child, their role is not legally-recognized or controlled.
Jan Profile
Jan answered
No. The birth certificate records the child's legal parents. Becoming a Godparent is a religious ceremony.

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