Burkina Faso Civil Registration

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Offices to Contact[edit | edit source]

Births, Marriages, and Deaths

Ministry of Territorial Administration Decentralization and Security (MATDS), Directorate of Civil Registration
Burkina Faso
Avenue de l'Indépendance
Burkina Faso

Telephone: (226) 25 30 84 17
Telephone: (226) 25 31 68 91 / 25 31 68 92
E-mail(s): matd@gov.bf

Other places that have birth, marriage, and death records are the Directorate-General of Civil Registration Modernization (DGMEC) and the mayors of municipalities.

Places of registration are:[1]

Births and Deaths Places of registration: Chief towns of the department and the communes (primary centres); Health units in villages and sectors of towns and communes, place of birth (secondary centres)

Marriages Registration takes place at the level of the main civil status centres and the secondary centres, by the registrar of the place of residence of the spouses.

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

Burkina Faso became a French protectorate in 1896. It received full independence from France in 1960.[2]

The main law for marriage is the Burkina Faso Family Code..."civil marriage is the only legally valid and binding form of marriage in the country. However, other types of marriage exist, even though they are not legally binding, such as traditional marriages and religious marriages, which offer little or no protection to women." Especially in urban areas, couples may do more than one the type of marriage.[3]

Coverage and Compliance[edit | edit source]

"Civil marriages are by far the least common form of marriage...since the majority of the population lives in rural areas where traditional or religious marriages are more commonly practiced."[4]

Information Recorded in the Records[edit | edit source]

Birth Record

  • Name of baby
  • Sex
  • Date of birth
  • Date of registration
  • Place of birth
  • Place of registration
  • Mother's date of birth or age
  • Mother's place of usual residence
  • Mother's occupation
  • Father's date of birth or age
  • Father's place of usual residence
  • Father's occupation[1]

Marriage Certificate

  • Surname, first name, occupation, age, date and place of birth, homes and residence of the husband
  • Surname, first name, profession and domiciles of the father and mother
  • Consent of the person with parental authority or of the guardian, if required
  • Declaration by the contracting parties that they are to be regarded as spouses, and the civil registration officer
  • Surname, first name, profession and domicile of the witnesses
  • Choice of the matrimonial regime adopted or governing the spouses
  • A statement that a marriage contract has been or has not been made and, if so, the name and domicile of the clerk-notary who received it
  • Declaration of option of polygamy, where applicable[1]

Death Record

  • Name of deceased
  • Sex
  • Date of birth or age
  • Place of usual residence
  • Place of birth
  • Occupation
  • Name of parents
  • Date of death
  • Date of registration
  • Place of occurrence
  • Place of registration[1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 UNICEF Data: Monitoring the situation of children and women, UNICEF Data for Burkina Faso, accessed 6 November 2020. "Data sources: Information on civil registration systems was compiled over a period from December 2016 to November 2017 using the existing relevant legal frameworks and in consultation with CRVS experts, officials within the relevant national institutions, and UNICEF country offices. All reasonable precautions have been taken by UNICEF to verify this country profile; updates will be made to reflect changes in policy and implementation and/or new information."
  2. Wikipedia, Burkina Faso, (accessed 7 November 2020).
  3. Tahirih Justice Center, Forced Marriage Overseas: Burkina Faso, (accessed 7 November 2020).
  4. Tahirih Justice Center, Forced Marriage Overseas: Burkina Faso, (accessed 7 November 2020).