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How to Apply for a Jamaican Birth Certificate

Updated July 20, 2017

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.

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.

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).

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'll Need

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

Pearl Young has been writing professionally since 2007. She has published work in "Methodist History," "The Emory Report," "InScripto Magazine" and more. Having won numerous writing awards for her work in history, Young also has a Master of Arts in history and a Bachelor of Science in physics, both from Emory University.