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Records of births, marriages and deaths are at the civil registration office in each municipality.

Copies are in Quito at the:

Direccion Genereal del Registro Civil, Edificio San Agustin, Mejia y Guayaquil
Address: Av. Amazonas N37-61 y Naciones Unidas (Av. Amazonas N37-61 and United Nations)
Postal Code: 170507 / Quito - Ecuador
Telephone: +593 2 3731 110
Telephone: (593)(2)381 42 90
Website: https://www.registrocivil.gob.ec/


Provincial Office Phone Number Provincial Office Phone Number
Azuay 072-844-611 Los Rios 052-731-220
Bolivar 032-980-292 Manabi 052-394-960
Cañar 072-244-450 Morona Santiago 072-700-173
Carchi 062-982-662 Napo 062-886-325
Cotopaxi 032-805-692 Orellana 062-882-170
Chimborazo 032-966-989 Pastaza 032-884-734
El Oro 072-931-068 Pichincha 022-675-902
Esmeraldas 062-724-525 Santa Elena 043-802-300 ext. 1041
Galapagos 052-520-312 Santo Domingo 022-743-041
Guayas 043-802-300 ext. 3200 Sucumbios 062-832-804
Imbabura 062-955-335 Tungurahua 032-520-648
Loja 072-571-364 Zamora Chinchipe 072-505-183

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

Civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths began in 1900.[1]

Services provided by the Civil Registry to Ecuadorians:

  • Birth registration
  • Death registration
  • Marriage registration
  • Acknowledgments of father or mother to the child
  • Certificates of birth, marriage, and death
  • Annulments
  • Registry of judicial sentences (divorces, dissolution of the conjugal union), etc.
  • Identity cards for Ecuadorians and strangers
  • Burial Certificates
  • Name changes

Coverage and Compliance[edit | edit source]

For children under 5 years of age, about 16% of children of African descent have not been registered. The national average is 9.9%.[2]

Information Recorded in the Records[edit | edit source]

Birth records:

  • Name of the civil parish
  • City, canton and province
  • Date of registration
  • Child's name
  • Address where the birth occurred
  • Date of birth
  • Information about parents includes:
    -names
    -ages
    -marriage status
    -nationality
    -residence
    -father's occupation and sometimes mother's occupation
  • Names of witnesses with ages and residences

Note: In Quito between 1935-1965, separate books were kept for child recognitions, legitimations, and adoptions. In other areas and in Quito between 1901-1934 and 1966 to the present, annotations were made in the margins of the birth registers for the procedures already noted.

Marriage records:

  • Name of the civil parish
  • City, canton, and province of marriage
  • Date
  • Information of bride and groom includes:
    -Age
    -Previous marriage status
    -Origen
    -Nationality
    -Residence
    -Profession
  • Names of parents
    -Their marriage status
    -Nationality
    -Residence

Note: In Quito between 1935-1965, separate books were kept for divorces. In other areas and in Quito between 1901-1934 and 1966 to the present, annotations were made in the margins of the marriage registers for the procedures already noted.

Death records:

  • Name of civil parish
  • City, canton, and province where death occurred
  • Date of registration
  • Name of deceased
  • Place of death
  • Date
  • Age
  • Cause of death
  • Nationality
  • Profession
  • Names of parents or spouse
    -Age
    -Marriage status
    -Occupation of father

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Ryskamp, George. Finding Your Hispanic Roots. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1997.
  2. UNICEF Ecuador, © UNICEF, accessed 25 August 2019.