Child born abroad if one or both parents are Latvian citizens at the time the birth of the of child.
Pursuant to Paragraph one, Clause 2 of Article 2 of the Citizenship Law, a procedure under which the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs accepts and examines applications and registers a child born abroad as a citizen of Latvia is established by Cabinet Regulation of 24 September 2013 Procedure for Registering a Person as a Citizen of Latvia.
- Application on behalf of a child under the age of 15
providing child’s name and surname in the Latvian language and date of birth; ethnicity; place of residence (preferably in capital letters); contact information (e-mail, telephone number, if any).
In case of uncertainty as to the spelling of a persons’ name in the Latvian language, please contact the Latvian Language Agency www.valoda.lv, by telephone +371 67225879 or e-mail: email@example.com
- A document confirming the birth of a child (a birth certificate or an extract from the Birth Register);
- A personal identification document of a parent (s) (sending documents by post, it is necessary to send the copy of a personal identification document);
- A personal identification document of a child (if any, , sending documents by post, it is necessary to send the copy of a personal identification document).
Where to submit documents?
Documents can currently be submitted to the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs only remotely:
1) by post to the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs to address: Čiekurkalna 1.līnija 1, k-3, Rīga, LV-1026 or the nearest territorial division of the Office for Citizenship and Migration Affairs. When sending documents by post, copies of documents must be notarised and legalised, with the exception of a copy of the identity document;
2) by means of a secure electronic signature, by sending to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, a certified copy of the original of documents signed with a secure electronic signature (a copy of personal identification documents shall not be required to be certified);
3) by using the e-service portal “Application to the Authority” in the https://www.latvija.lv/lv/Epakalpojumi/EP155/Apraksts, section, adding certified copies of documents signed with a secure electronic signature (a copy of personal identification documents does not need to be certified).
Documents may also be submitted to the nearest diplomatic or consular representation of Latvia in foreign states. For possible means of submitting documents, please contact the mission in question or watch on the Internet: https://www.mfa.gov.lv/en/diplomatic-missions
At the same time, if it is necessary to verify the legal strength of the original document or the accuracy of the derivative of the document, the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs may at any time request that the original document be produced.
A document confirming the birth of a child should be translated into the official language (except for the case when the document is in English, German, French or Russian and submitted to an embassy or sent by post from abroad) and legalised under a procedure established by law.
An application for a child (up to 15 years of age) must be signed by the child’s lawful representative. The application is signed by the child himself after reaching 15 years of age.
Legalisation of the document is not required for public documents issued in Member States of the European Union, Member States of the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation and intended for use in Latvia.
Information about the legalisation of documents may be found at:
When sending documents by post, copies of the documents should be certified by a notary and legalised, except for a copy of the personal identification document.
How long does the examination of submitted documents take?
A decision on granting citizenship, updating data in the Population Register and assigning an identity number or refusal to grant citizenship is taken within one month from the day the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs receives all the necessary documents.
Where to receive additional information?