Nicaragua Civil Registration

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How to Find the Records[edit | edit source]

Offices to Contact[edit | edit source]

Consejo Supremo Electoral
Contiguo a centro comercial Metrocentro
pista Juan Pablo II
Managua, Nicaragua 14005

Telephone: +505 1800 1273

Registro del Estado Civil de las Personas del Municipio de __________ (put name of town)
Forms to order births, deaths, marriages, and divorces

The U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua has the following on its website: "To request a birth, death or marriage certificate, you must apply at the Nicaraguan civil registry office where the birth, death or marriage was registered or at the Central Registry in Managua. There is no service by mail. You must retrieve the document yourself or have your attorney or representative retrieve the document for you, in which case he or she will need to present a power of attorney authorizing them to do so."[1]

For additional information about acquiring civil records, see Requesting Civil Records.

Corte Suprema de Justicia
Km 7 ½ Carretera Norte 11025
República de Nicaragua
América Central

Telephone: ++505 2233 2128 and ++505 2233 0004

Center for Research Libraries
General Archives of Central America
6050 S. Kenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637-2804

Has the divorce records from 1723-1819

Telephone: (800) 621-6044 or (773) 955-4545
Fax: (773) 955-4339

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

Civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths began in 1879.[2]

Coverage and Compliance[edit | edit source]

Information Recorded in the Records[edit | edit source]

1879 to date - Births

  • Names and surnames
  • Date and place of birth
  • Parents' names
  • Legitimacy
  • Date of registration

1879 to date - Child Recognition

  • Names and surnames of the child and parents
  • Date of registration

This is a legal document where the father shows his recognition of the child who receives his last name. The father may or may not be married

1879 to date - Marriage Records

  • Names and surnames of the parties
  • Ages
  • Dates and places of birth and / or baptism
  • Marital status
  • Names of parents and grandparents
  • Nationality
  • Names of witnesses
  • Date of registration.

1879 to date - Death Records

  • Names and surnames of the deceased
  • Date, place, and cause of death
  • Name of wife or husband or parents
  • Sometimes place and date of birth

1900 to date - Divorces

  • Names
  • Surnames
  • Dates of birth and marriage
  • Action
  • Results
  • Date of registration

1723 and 1819 - Divorces

  • Names
  • Surnames
  • Dates
  • Action
  • Results

1960 to date - Adoption Acts

  • Name of the child
  • Names and residence of the new parents
  • Date of birth or baptism at age when known

Extraction Forms[edit | edit source]

The following extraction forms were created by Dr. George Ryskamp, ​​JD, AG. These forms were designed to be used in research in Spanish. However, they can help in other areas of research, such as Italy, France, Portugal, etc. Click on the form of the type of record you would like to use and you can print it for your own files.[2]

Baptism / Birth Extraction Form

Marriage Extraction Form

Death / Burial Extraction Form

References[edit | edit source]

  1. U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua, Requesting Civil Records, (accessed 14 February 2020).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ryskamp, George. Finding Your Hispanic Roots. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1997.