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Registering Your Child

Obtaining a birth certificate and including your newborn baby in your UNHCR file.

HOW TO REGISTER THE BIRTH OF A CHILD?

If you have just had a baby, you should register his or her birth and get a birth certificate for them, so that you can include them in your file. There is no fee if you do this within 60 days of the baby being born. After 60 days, you may be charged fees.

Step 1: Get the Birth Registration forms.

Get the application forms at the hospital where the baby is born, or at the ‘Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara’ (JPN), which is the Malaysian National Registration Department (NRD).

Step 2: Visit the Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara (JPN) with the completed forms and required documents.

To register the birth of a child you will need to bring:

Some form of identification: UNHCR cards / community cards / passports –original and copies;
Marriage certificate, divorce certificate of the parents (if applicable) – original and copy;
Confirmation of birth document from the hospital, or police report if the baby was delivered at home –original;
Birth registration application form – original and copy (https://www.jpn.gov.my/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/jpnlm01.pdf, for reference only)
Prenatal check-up book (maternity examination book) – original
If you are an unmarried non-Muslim couple, the person claiming to be the father of the child must sign the birth register together with the mother of the child. Otherwise, the father’s information will not be included in the birth certificate.

We would advise you to get the help of a Malay-speaking person to assist you if possible.

If a baby is born while the mother is in detention, the immigration authority of that detention centre should assist with birth registration and getting the baby’s birth certificate, as mother and baby are both in the custody of the immigration authority.

Who can do it?

Parents, legal guardians, or any person having knowledge of the birth can register for the birth as long as they bring the required documents.

Where is the National Registration Department (JPN)?

You can visit any branch listed here: https://www.jpn.gov.my/alamat-cawangan/

If you are able to register your child in Kuala Lumpur, we would recommend visiting this office:

NRD/JPN Jalan Duta
Bangunan Kerajaan Jalan Duta (Kompleks Kerajaan Tuanku Abdul Halim
Publika Dutamas, 1, Jalan Dutamas, Solaris Dutamas,
50480 Kuala Lumpur

How to include your newborn child in your UNHCR File?

If you are already registered with UNHCR, you can include your newborn child in your UNHCR file. 

Step 1: Get a birth certificate

Once you have followed the above mentioned steps to register your newborn, you will receive a birth certificate which you require in order to include your baby in your UNHCR File. 

Step 2: Visit the UNHCR office

Individuals may not visit the UNHCR office without an appointment, but for including your newborn child in your file, this is allowed.  You may visit the office together with your baby from Monday to Friday between the hours of 8am – 11am for this purpose. You are required to bring your UNHCR documents as well as the birth certificate of your child. 

NOTE: In light of COVID-19, the UNHCR office is currently not receiving walk-ins. Please do not approach the UNHCR Office without an appointment. For matters related to inclusion of family members, please contact the Registration Hotline at 017-614 3810 from 8.00 am to 4.00 pm, Mondays to Fridays.