How to Apply for a Jamaican Birth Certificate

Written by pearl young | 13/05/2017
How to Apply for a Jamaican Birth Certificate
Certificates of birth verify the existence, citizenship and identity of a person. (birth marriage and death image by Warren Millar from

In many cases, birth certificates are used to verify identity. For persons born in Jamaica or with Jamaican citizenship, birth registration must be filed within three months of birth. The government has made it simple to obtain copies of birth certificates. With basic information, a person can file an application via the government website. Applications may be filed directly by the person in question or by relatives, including parents, siblings and legal guardians.

How to Apply for a Jamaican Birth Certificate
Parents should name their child before birth so that they can immediately file birth registration. (baby image by Yvonne Bogdanski from

Register the birth of a child with the government within three months of the birth. Hospitals and clinics are responsible for filing birth registration information. However, if a child is born at home or outside a facility, the parents must register the birth.

How to Apply for a Jamaican Birth Certificate
The RGD can perform a search for a birth entry number if appropriate information is provided. (Number image by LepoTn from

Find the birth entry number of the person in question. This number should be listed on the certificate of registry or on a birth certificate. If such documentation has been misplaced or is unavailable, the applicant can search for the number by applying to the Registrar General's Department (RGD).

How to Apply for a Jamaican Birth Certificate
The form requires the place of birth and the identification of the birth parents. (tax form image by yang xiaofeng from

File an application for a copy of the birth certificate. The application is available at local RGD offices and online. The form requires identifying information for the individual in question and his or her birth parents.

Things you need

  • Name and birth date of applicant
  • Birth entry number
  • Place of birth
  • Names of birth parents

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