Civil Registration Systems

The national Civil Registration System (CRS) helps governments:

  • automate and centralize the civil registration
  • create a central national database for registration of births and deaths
  • cross check in a real-time mode when integrated with other national databases
  • issuance of births and deaths certificates and assessment of fees
  • produce statistics and demographic reports
  • integration with high-level systems with a unique identifier (PIN).

Benefits to governments:

  • improve services to citizens with reduced transaction/delivery time and cost
  • manage and maintain a centralised database
  • provide proof of identity from birth, helping to avoid identity fraud
  • help prevent early and forced marriage
  • highlight emerging health threats and high risk groups
  • facilitate providing legal documentation necessary to obtain passports, open bank accounts, get driving licenses, get health care, education and social security.