Sunday 29 March, 2020

Here’s the documents you need to obtain birth certificates in Barbados

As word of a new requirement to obtain drivers' licences and register vehicles caused a stir among Barbadians, Loop News thought it fitting to let you know just what is required to obtain a range of documents in Barbados.

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Today we start with just what is needed to gain a birth certificate in the island.

The Barbados Integrated Government page outlines a range of requirements for carrying out this process.

 

Not everyone can register a child

*The parents of a child are responsible for having the child's birth registered

*If the parents are married to each other the father registers the birth

*If the parents are not married to each other the mother registers the birth

*If the parents are not married to each other and the father acknowledges paternity and is desirous of having his name entered on the birth record both parents must be present at the registration of the birth

 

When must you register a birth?

*A birth must be registered within twenty-eight (28) days after birth

*Persons seeking to register a live birth must visit the Registration Department, Records Branch, located on Coleridge Street, Bridgetown between the hours of 8:30 am and 3:30 pm Monday to Friday

 

What documents must be presented to the Records Branch to obtain the birth certificate?

*The Personal Child Health Record which was given by the hospital with records particulars on the baby's birth

*A Marriage Certificate: Where the parents are married

*The applicant's Barbados Identification Card or another valid form of identification

*If the applicant is a Non-National the Passport should be presented

 

There are special requirements if the parent is a minor

*The Minor's Identification Card

*A Passport Size Picture certified by a Justice of the Peace

*A Birth Certificate or a Passport

 

Here are a few more details

*Registration for a Live Birth is free of cost

*A fee of $5.00 is required for the Birth Certificate

*A fee of $20.00 is charged for late registrations

*Expired documents will not be accepted for registrations

*The names of the child must be spelt correctly

*All questions asked by the registrar must be answered

*The applicant must carefully check and ensure that all the information given is accurate and correct before signing

 

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