Key demographic indicators

45.4 PER 1,000 LIVE BIRTHS

Under-five mortality rate

15,129,000

Population

Early childhood

Early stimulation and responsive care (any adult household member)
Not available
Early stimulation and responsive care (father)
Not available
Learning materials at home – children's books (%)
Not available
Learning materials at home – playthings (%)
Not available
Children left in inadequate supervision
Not available

CRVS – Birth, Marriage and Death Registration in Senegal – UNICEF DATA

 

 

A well developed and functioning civil registration system ensures the registration of all vital events including births, marriages and deaths and issues relevant certificates as proof of such registration. Civil registration promotes efficient government planning, effective use of resources and aid, and more accurate monitoring of progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

 

 

Legal framework for birth registration Law No. 72-61 (12 June 1972) on the Family Code

Law 2013-10 (28 December 2013) on the general code of local authorities

Official authorities in charge of registering births Mayors, ambassadors and consuls general (under supervision of the National Centre for Civil Status, Ministry of Decentralization and Local Authorities)
Organizational structure Decentralized
Is there a legal obligation to register the birth of a child? Yes (article 30)
Is an official birth certificate issued as a result of birth registration? Yes, immediately
Legal informant to register a birth Father or mother, An ascendant or close relative, Doctor, Midwife, Matron, Any other person attending the birth (article 51)
Time allowed for registration 1 month (article 51)
Fee for birth registration No
Can the fee be increased or waived? No
Fee for birth certificate No, only for copies
Penalty for late registration No, but payment of the costs of constitution of the judgments and legal costs
Other official fees involved in the birth registration process No
Requirements or fees specific to children who are eligible for citizenship but were born outside the country No
Requirements or fees specific to children whose parents are foreign nationals No
Requirements for birth registration Identification of the child’s father, Identification of the child’s mother, Birth notification, Name of the child, Mother and father’s address
Information collected Regarding the child: Name, Date of birth, Date of registration, Place of occurrence, Place of registration, Sex,

Regarding the mother of the child: Date of birth or age, Place of usual residence, Occupation

Regarding the father of the child: Date of birth or age, Place of usual residence of the father, Occupation

Processing Manually (on paper)
Place of registration Vital event declarations will be received by registrars in the main centres (municipalities) and secondary centres attached to a main centre (article 31).
A birth certificate is required for: Identification, Education, Voting
Process for establishing vital statistics on births The Civil Registration Act does not contain clear provisions on the collection and publication of vital statistics, but, in parallel, the Law on national statistics provides for the collection, compilation and dissemination of vital statistics on the basis of civil registers.

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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.

 

Legal framework for marriage registration Law No. 72-61 (12 June 1972) on the Family Code

Law 2013-10 (28 December 2013) on the general code of local authorities

Official authorities in charge of registering a marriage Mayors, ambassadors and consuls general (under supervision of the National Centre for Civil Status, Ministry of Decentralization and Local Authorities)
Organizational structure Decentralized
Legal age for marriage 18 years for males and 16 years for females (article 111)
Is there a legal obligation to register marriages? Yes (article 30)
Is an official marriage certificate issued as a result of marriage registration?  Yes, immediately
Legal informant to register a marriage The spouses
Time allowed for registration 6 months in the case of religious or customary marriage (article 147)
Fee for marriage registration No
Can the fee be increased or waived? No
Fee for marriage certificate Yes
Penalty for late registration No
Other official fees involved in the marriage registration process No
Additional registration requirements or fees if one spouse was born outside the country or has dual citizenship No
Requirements for marriage registration Husband’s presence at registration, Wife’s presence at registration, Proof of wife’s age, Proof of husband’s age
Information collected Regarding the spouses: Date of birth or age of bride, Place of birth of the bride, Place of usual residence of bride, Date of birth or age of groom, Place of birth of the groom, Place of usual residence of groom, Occupation of bride and groom

Regarding the marriage: Date of occurrence, Date of registration, Place of occurrence, Place of registration

Processing Manually (on paper)
Place of registration Vital event declarations will be received by registrars in the main centres (municipalities, sub-prefecture) and secondary centres attached to a main centre (article 31)
A marriage certificate is required for: Inheritance, child registration
Process for establishing vital statistics on marriage No statistics are available on marriages.

 

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.

 

Legal framework for death registration Law No. 72-61 (12 June 1972) on the Family Code

Law 2013-10 (28 December 2013) on the general code of local authorities

Official authorities in charge of registering a death Mayors, ambassadors and consuls general (under supervision of the National Centre for Civil Status, Ministry of Decentralization and Local Authorities)
Organizational structure Decentralized
Is there a legal obligation to register deaths? Yes (article 30)
Is an official death certificate issued as a result of death registration?  Yes, immediately
Legal informant to register a death A relative, Any person having the required information

The declarations may be made by one of the relatives of the deceased or by any other person possessing in his or her civil status the information necessary for the establishment of the deed (article 67).

Time allowed for registration All deaths must be reported to the registrar within 1 month. If the deadline expires on a holiday, the return will be validly received on the next business day (article 67)
Fee for death registration No
Can the fee be increased or waived? No
Fee for death certificate No, only for copies
Penalty for late registration No, but after 1 year, a judgment must be sought for registration in the court
Other official fees involved in the death registration process No
Registration requirements or fees specific for the deaths of people who were residents in the country and also of foreign nationality No
Requirements for death registration No
Information collected Regarding the deceased: Name, Sex, Date of birth or age, Place of birth, Place of usual residence

Regarding the death: Date of death, Date of registration, Place of occurrence, Place of registration

Information collected in case of fetal death When a stillborn child is declared, the declaration is recorded on his or her date on the register of deaths and not on that of births. It merely mentions that he or she was declared a lifeless child without a presumption as to whether the child had lived or not (article 54)
Processing Manually (on paper)
Place of registration Vital events declarations will be received by registrars in the main centres (municipalities, sub-prefecture) and secondary centres attached to a main centre (article 31)
A death certificate is required for: Inheritance
Process for establishing vital statistics on deaths The Civil Registration Act does not contain clear provisions on the collection and publication of vital statistics, but, in parallel, the Law on national statistics provides for the collection, compilation and dissemination of vital statistics on the basis of civil registers.

 

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.

 

MICS

Since its inception in 1995, the Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys, known as MICS, has become the largest source of statistically sound and internationally comparable data on women and children worldwide. In countries as diverse as Costa Rica, Mali and Qatar, trained fieldwork teams conduct face-to-face interviews with household members on a variety of topics – focusing mainly on those issues that directly affect the lives of children and women.