FAQ

Entry is free and open to anyone over the age of 16. All you need to do is bring some ID and fix a day and time.

The previous appointment request is made through different channels:

  • Request a prior appointment through this website.
  • Through the kiosks of procedures and services that are located in different parts of the city.
  • Call 010 only for appointments related to the Civil Registry query.

Any information that might help to locate the records requested and your personal details.

1- Basic requester details:

  • Name and surname(s)
  • ID document (DNI), passport or equivalent
  • Postal or email address
  • Phone number, to receive Archives communications immediately.

2- Consultation details:

  • Consultation related to research
    • Basic details and summary of the research.
    • University, cultural institution or scientific institution.
    • Chronological scope of the search.
  • General consultation on urban planning and public works:
    • Type of document, licence or procedure (e.g. planning licence).
    • Number and address of the property.
    • (Approximate) year of construction.
    • First holder or owner (if known).
  • Consultation of the Barcelona Civil Registry (city, not province):
    • Type: birth, death, marriage.
    • Person’s name and surname/s.
    • Year of birth, marriage, death.

Nothing. The consultation service is absolutely free. You only have to pay for copies of records, depending on the public fees and charges approved by Barcelona City Council and you must pay by bank card, bank check in favor of the City Council of Barcelona or bank transfer to the account indicated by the Archive.

Yes, if the building was constructed between 1850 and 1989, except for those properties that belonged to the independent towns or villages on the Barcelona plain that were annexed by the Barcelona municipality.

  • Until its annexation in 1897: Gràcia, Sant Martí de Provençals, Sant Andreu de Palomar, Les Corts, Sants and Sant Gervasi.
  • Until its annexation in 1904: Horta.
  • Until its annexation in 1921: Sarrià.

Yes, provided the file has been kept and bearing in mind the considerations mentioned in the previous answer, as well as the restrictions imposed to preserve records or for any other reason set out in the current regulations and legislation in force.

Yes, provided the file is kept at the AMCB, and given the restrictions imposed for preservation or any other reason, in accordance with the current regulations and legislation in force.

Yes, with prior authorisation from the External Consultation Service and provided the requirements set out in Article 21 of the Internal Regulations for the Consultation and Reproduction of AMCB Documents are complied with.

Yes. Restrictions imposed on consulting and reproducing records may be due to various reasons: respect for intellectual property, the poor state of the records, or simply because it is felt that, in accordance with the law, it might harm people or be detrimental to the general interest.

We advise you only copy essential records, using the most suitable technical medium for ensuring the conservation of the original. Whenever the reproduction of a whole file is being considered, it will have to be a digital copy.

Documents may only be consulted in person, after having booked a day and time beforehand via the AMCB website or by submitting a written request at the City Council General Registry.

Yes. We keep the Civil Registry indexes for births (1841-1984), marriages (1842-1970) and deaths (1836-1986) in the city of Barcelona.

You can consult the sections on births, marriages and deaths up to 1880 in the AMCB’s online catalogue.

Official birth, marriage and death certificates from 1881 can be requested in person at the Barcelona Civil Registry Office (Plaça del Duc de Medinaceli, 3) or online at the Ministry of Justice.

In both cases, you need to bring the information which appears in the Civil Registry book indexes kept at the AMCB: the person’s name and surname/s, date of birth, marriage and/or death, the number of the court where the birth, marriage and/or death is registered and the corresponding register number./p>

Access will only be granted to people considered to have a legitimate interest and accredited researchers. Consulting, reproducing and obtaining certificates, proof of registration or other records confirming data contained in the register is restricted by law.

The following are regarded as having a legitimate interest: the resident that the registration data refers to, the responsible authorities of a public authority that needs information from the register to carry out its legal duties, and judges and courts of justice.

Register searches for legal and administrative reasons require a reasoned written request to the Population Archives, setting out in detail the information being requested and the reasons for the enquiry. This request must be accompanied by supporting documentation.