a single electronic record for the whole of Spain will be your substitute

The Family Book of Spanish citizens is one of those documents that, if we count from its first version, has been with us for more than 100 years. It was created in 1915 by order of Alfonso XIII, the great-grandfather of the current monarch. Since then it has evolved, until today, when the modification of Law 20/2011, of July 21, on the Civil Registry was published in the BOE. This is his farewell in physical format.

After having been approved by the Plenary of the Senate the Proposal of Law, the Civil Registry Law of June 8, 1957 is repealed. Yes, 64 years later it says goodbye to the norm that regulated the Family Book today. Yes indeed, the documents issued so far will continue to be valid. The last day to process a new Family Book will be tomorrow, April 30.

In the approved text, it is provided that, as a substitute for the Family Book, "It has been foreseen that in each individual record there is a sheet or extract in which the personal data of the individual's life appearThus, the concept of the family also leaves us and remains. In the BOE there is not much more information, but there is on the News website of the Ministry of Justice, where they offer more details.

Unique Civil Registry, the new national system that will manage the electronic registry

The Minister of Justice, Juan Carlos Campo, has emphasized that the approval of the norm "is not simply the entry into force of a law, it is much more than that. It is a clear and determined bet for the modernization of a public service."

The Ministry, for its part, points out that, with it, se "converts the Civil Registry into an individual registry where all the facts and acts that affect a person throughout their life will be registered". This is how they explain what the new "Unique Civil Registry" will mean, an institution that will have a computerized database common to the entire territory. Thus, citizens will be able to use the document from the Internet or the offices that require it.

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They mention, without offering further details for the moment, that there will be a unique computer application for management from offices throughout the country. Although no more information has been revealed, it would be desirable that there was also an application for all citizens that makes access simple and useful. At the birth level, we have been able to access the document that is now offered to the parents of newborns. Before they were registered in the Civil Registry and they provided you with the Family Book. Now they send you a PDF like the following one, valid to deliver in nurseries, for example, and to make inquiries in the Civil Registry thanks to a CSV code:

Civil Registry Document

Example of document offered when making the civil registration of the child. A PDF with data from the electronic registry and which acts as a Family Book. Obtained by our colleagues from Engadget

At an organizational level, this is how the institution will look:

"The new model has a structure that includes: 1 Central Civil Registry, 16 Exclusive Civil Registries (RCE), 415 Main Municipal Civil Registries (RCMP), 7,700 Delegated Municipal Civil Registries (RCD) in Courts of the Peace (JJ. PP) and 180 Civil Registry Offices in consular demarcations. Lawyers from the Administration of Justice (LAJs) will be responsible for managing the Single Civil Registry ".

Thus, there will be a central office, offices for the rest of the country and consular offices abroad. In them the sections of the Civil Registry will be unified: births, marriages, deaths, guardianships and representations.

This digitization of such an important document is related to other similar processes (although they have not finished with their physical equivalents), such as the application of miDGT for the driver's license or the promised DNI 4.0 and DNIe on the mobile

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