Effective April 13, 1977 the Government of Nepal required birth certificates to be issued from the Local Registrar office for the first time in ten districts of Nepal
. The districts covered are Banke, Jhapa, Kathmandu, Kanchanpur, Kapilbastu, Mahottari, Morang, Rautahat, Saptari, and Sarlahi. This requirement was later extended to other districts: Bara, Dhanusha, Parsa and Sunsari on January 15, 1979; Siraha on February 13, 1979; Nawalparasi and Rupandehi on March 14, 1979; Bardia, Chitwan, Kailali, Kavrepalanchwok, Kaski, Makwanpur and Palpa on April 14, 1979; Bhaktapur, Lalitpur and Surkhet on February 13, 1980; Dang on March 14, 1980; Dhanding, Nuwakot and Tanahu on December 15, 1980; Dhankuta and Ilam on January 14, 1981; Jumla on March 14, 1981; Gorkha on October 17, 1981; Sindhuli and Udayapur on December 16, 1981; Syangja on January 14, 1982; Sindhupalchowk on February 12, 1982; Rasuwa on March 14, 1982; and eventually covering remaining districts Achham, Arghakhanchi, Baglung, Bajhang, Bajura, Baitadi Bhojpur, Dadeldhura, Dailekh, Darchula, Dolakha, Dolpa, Doti, Gulmi, Humla, Jajarkot, Kalikot, Khotang, Lamjung, Manang, Mugu, Mustang, Myagdi, Okhaldhunga, Panchthar, Parbat, Pyuthan, Ramechhap, Rolpa, Rukum, Salyan, Sankhuwasabha, Solukhumbu, Taplejung, and Terhathum on April 14, 1990. Births after the effective dates corresponding to the districts must be reported to the Local Registrar office in order to obtain a birth certificate. The certificate generally contains the parents' names, applicant's name, date and place of birth and the signature and stamp of the issuing official. The certificate is a printed form in which the birth information is handwritten. The birth evidence prior to these effective dates is usually documented by the VDC or a ward office of the locality by issuing a certification to that effect.