Registering a Birth

A birth should be registered within three months of the date of birth at the Registrar of Births and Deaths in the district in which the birth took place.


If the birth has not been registered within three months as prescribed by law, an appointment is required with the Registrar of the Civil Registry to enable Late Registration.  This can be done by contacting the Registrar General's Office using the information at the end of this page.

Who can register a birth?

  • If the mother was married to the baby's father at the time of the birth, the mother may register the birth without the father being present.
  • If the mother and father were not married at the time of the birth, the father's details can only be entered into the register if both parents attend together to register the birth.  If the father's details are not entered at the time of registration, it may be possible for this to be done at a later date.  Follow the link below for information on insertion of a father's name.
  • A legal guardian or person present at the birth can also register the birth.


Insertion of a Father's Name

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What documents do I need?

  1. National ID Cards of the parents and informant.
  2. Birth Notification Card issued by the hospital or medical centre.
  3. Marriage certificate of the parents.

  4. Electronic Birth Certificates of the parents.

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How much does it cost?

There are no fees charged for registering a birth.

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How do I obtain a Birth Certificate?

To obtain a birth certificate, you must fill out an application form. You can download an application form by following the link below. Application forms are also available at designated TTPost outlets throughout the county (see link below for locations).
Your completed application form should be taken to the Civil Registry at Registration House, Port of Spain or to any District Registrar's Office. You may also apply by post.


Download an application form for a Birth Certificate

TTPost Outlets Locations

District Revenue Offices

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Where can I get more information?

For more information on obtaining a birth certificate, please contact one of the following offices.

Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs (AGLA) Tower 
Corner London and Richmond Streets
Port of Spain
Tel: (868) 223-2452
Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:15 pm, Monday to Thursday and 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on Fridays, with cashiers closing at 3:00 pm daily


Registrar General Division
Central Administrative Services, Tobago (CAST)
Jerningham Street
Tobago, West Indies
Tel. (868) 639-2652-7
Fax. (868) 639-2505
Opening hours: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays.



You can also find information on any of the following topics on the Ministry of Attorney General and Legal Affairs' website by following the link below:

  • Approval for Late Registration of Birth (after one year).
  • Certification of District Registrar's Certificate of Registration for Births.
  • Issue of Birth Certificate.
  • Search for Birth Records.

Ministry of Attorney General and Legal Affairs Website

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