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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.




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.

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How do I Register a Birth?

Provide information to the District Registrar located nearest to where child was born within three (3) months of birth of child.

District Registrar Offices

Documents Required:

  1. ID of informant.
  2. Letter/card from Hospital.
  3. Birth certificate of parents.
  4. If parents are married, marriage certificate should be presented.
  5. Client days: Monday – Sunday Service hours: All reasonable hours.

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Late Registration of Birth

Approval for Late Registration of Birth (after three months)

Late registration refers to after three (3) months of birth but before one (1) year. Contact the District Registrar located nearest to where child was born.

Documents Required:

  1. ID of informant
  2. Letter/card from hospital
  3. Birth certificate of parents.
  4. If parents are married, marriage certificate should be presented
  5. Immunization card
  6. Need for current affidavits in support

Cost/Fee:

$20.00 to District Registrar
$50.00 to Warden’s Office

 

Approval for Late Registration of Birth (after one year)

This service refers to registration after one (1) year of birth.

Process:

Information can be obtained from Civil Registry, Registrar General’s Department, Registration House or from the District Registrar located nearest to where child was born.

Documents Required:

IF BIRTH WAS AT HOSPITAL:

  1. Letter from hospital stating date of birth of child and name of parent
  2. Statutory declaration from applicant giving particulars of birth and reason for non-registration of same
  3. Immunization card
  4. Letter from school first attended
  5. Birth certificate(s) of child/ children born before or after birth to be registered
  6. If parents are married, marriage certificate should be presented

If Birth Was At Home:

  1. Immunization card
  2. If parents are married, marriage certificate should be presented
  3. Birth certificates of all children before and after birth to be registered
  4. Identification of applicant
  5. Letter from school stating the date of birth given at time of entry to school
  6. Baptismal certificate (where applicable)
  7. Affidavit from mother/father or person having charge of child stating reason for non-registration of the birth
  8. Affidavit from a person present at birth e.g. aunt, grandmother, midwife
  9. Affidavit from prominent person in the area where child was born, e.g. Doctor, Lawyer, Teacher, Priest, Pundit, Police Officer

Cost/Fee:

$25.00 to District Registrar
$75.00 to Warden Officer

 

Insertion of Father’s Name on the Birth Certificate after Birth was registered
Process

Apply at Civil Registry, Ministry of the Attorney General & Legal Affairs, AGLA Tower, Government Plaza, corner of London & Richmond Streets, Port of Spain or Caribana Building, Bacolet Street Scarborough, Tobago. This service is available by appointment based on your personal visit with your documents.

Documents Required:

  1. Birth certificate of the child.
  2. Marriage certificate of mother.
  3. Valid, photo ID of the parents.

Cost/Fee

Minimum cost per child: $75.00.  Cost includes replacement of birth certificate.

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How do I obtain a Birth Certificate?

You can apply for a birth certificate online or in person. Birth certificates can only be issued to individuals who have had their birth registered.

Applying for a Birth Certificate

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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
Trinidad 
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
Scarborough
Tobago, West Indies
Tel. (868) 639-2652-7
Fax. (868) 639-2505
E-mail: cast1@tstt.net.tt
Opening hours: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays.
 

 

Ministry of Attorney General and Legal Affairs Website

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