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Law 20/2011, of 21 July, on the Civil Registry involves the implementation of a new model of a single Civil Registry for all of Spain, one which is computerized, electronically accessible, and whose management will be the responsibility of public officials other than those who make up the Judiciary of Spain and with an organizational structure consisting of a Central Office, General Offices and Consular Offices. This involves the restructuring of the current organization of the Civil Registry across all of the national territory.

The new Civil Registry is a new model based on the registration of persons through a personal database, with an identification code that will allow citizens to access their "civil history" at any time and place. The new Civil Registry will operate as an administrative organization whose final decisions will be subject to judicial control.

The publicity regime of the Civil Registry is based on two instruments: electronic certification and access to registry information. This is done to avoid burdening citizens, since it will not be necessary to request certifications for their later provision to administrative procedures of any kind.

After several extensions of the initially planned entry into force, the time has come for its enforcement, although given the time elapsed since its enactment, a legal amendment will be processed to technically improve certain requirements contained in Law 20/2011. The enforcement of this new Civil Registry Law implies the coordinated implementation of numerous actions in the regulatory, organizational and technological fields, as well as the collaboration with multiple bodies and regional administrations.

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