You can use your birth certificate to give proof of your official date of birth. You may need this certificate, for example, when moving abroad and registering as a resident of another country. Schools and kindergartens in other countries may also require a birth certificate.
The following information is included in the certificate when you order a standard certificate via the self-service. A standard certificate means that the certificate always contains the same information and the selected optional information:
- Name, former names, date of birth (or personal identity code), municipality of birth, country of birth, nationality, and current municipality of residence.
- The certificate also includes the names, dates of birth, municipalities of birth, countries of birth and nationalities of the person’s parents if this information is available on the Population Information System.
If you need other information, order the certificate by email, phone or a form.
How to order certificates
You can order a certificate of yourself or another person for an acceptable purpose of use. Please note that you can use the self-service only to order a certificate for yourself or your dependants.
Certificates ordered and delivered through the self-service are cheaper, and you receive certificates quickly. Prices can be found at the bottom of the page.
You can order a certificate through the self-service if you live in Finland permanently. You need online banking codes or a mobile certificate for the order. You pay the certificate by making an online payment. Please note that you can only order an extract from the self-service for yourself or your dependants.
Ordering a certificate for use in Finland through the self-service is cheaper and is immediately available online. You can download the certificate in PDF format right after paying or the certificate will be sent to you in Suomi.fi Messages. To have the certificate sent to you, you will need to have enabled Suomi.fi Messages. Due to privacy reasons, the certificate will not be sent directly to your email.
If the certificate is required by a foreign authority, the certificate will be sent to you by mail. Your order will be processed within 2-5 business days, after which the postal service will deliver the certificate.
If you live abroad permanently, you cannot order certificates as a self-service.