Births and Deaths Registration

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Births and Death
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98/1981
2 of 1985
11 of 1988
4 of 1992
6 of 1993
3 of 1994
94/2003
1 of 2005
51/2006
52/2006
3 of 2013

23 of 1918
3 of 1919
38 of 1947
5 of 1952
34 of 1952
16 of 1953

2/1963
4 of 1977
45 of 1979
47 of 1980
51/1980

17 of 1981

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Pages Authorised
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Act
13 of 1847
Amended by

BIRTHS AND DEATHS REGISTRATION ACT
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Index of Subsidiary Legislation
Page

Registration of Births Regulations (LN 90/1983) … … … 36
Births and Deaths Registration (Registration of Births after Twelve Months)
Regulations (LN 177/2001) … … … … … 44

Registration of Births (Form) Regulations (LN 78/2003) … … … 46
Registration of Deaths (Form) Order (LN 79/2006) … … … 47

Note on Commencement Date
The date of commencement of this Chapter was given in previous revised editions as 16th
December 1847. This was in fact the date of the Proclamation notifying its confirmation. The
date of commencement was 1st January 1848 (as expressly provided in the original Ordinance).

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CHAPTER 44:01

BIRTHS AND DEATHS REGISTRATION ACT

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

SECTION
1. Short title.
2. Interpretation.
3. Definition of Registrar and Superintendent Registrar.
4. General register.
5. Annual abstract of registers to be sent to President.

SUPERINTENDENT REGISTRARS AND REGISTRARS
6. Superintendent Registrars for Port-of-Spain and San Fernando.
7. Revenue Officer to be Superintendent Registrar of births and deaths.
8. Districts.
Districts Registrars.
9. Deputy Registrars.
10. Register boxes.
11. Transfer of books, etc., on removal of Registrar.
12. Registrar to reside within the district.
13. Allowances for use of premises.
14. Register books.
15. Registrars to inform themselves of all births and deaths.

REGISTRATION OF BIRTHS
16. Information concerning birth to be given to Registrar within forty-

two days.
17. Requisition by Registrar of information after forty-two days.
18. Information respecting finding of newborn child to be given to

Registrar.
19. Registry after expiration of three months from birth.
Registry after twelve months from birth.
20. Registry of birth out of district in case of removal.
21. Child of unmarried mother.
21A. Father’s particulars.
21B. Register of Statutory Declarations and Orders.

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22. Registration of name of child or of alteration of name.
23. Registrar to give certificate of registration of birth to informant.

REGISTRATION OF DEATHS
24. Registry of deaths.
25. Information where death occurs in house.
26. Information where death does not occur in house.
27. Notice preliminary to information.
28. Requisition by Registrar of information concerning deaths from

qualified informant.
29. Death not to be registered after twelve months.
30. Information by Coroner.

BURIALS
31. Coroner’s order and Registrar’s certificate for burial.
32. Burial of deceased children as stillborn.

CERTIFICATES OF CAUSE OF DEATH
33. Regulations as to certificates of cause of death.
34. Fees.
35. Returns of Registrars to Chief Medical Officer.

CORRECTION OF ERRORS
36. Correction of errors in registers.

MISCELLANEOUS
37. Register when not evidence.
38. Penalty for not giving information.
39. Offences.
40. Sending certificates, etc., by post.
41. Particulars to be registered concerning birth or death.
42. Quarterly accounts.
43. Certified copies of registers to be sent quarterly, and register books

when filled, to Superintendent Registrar.

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS—Continued
SECTION

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SECTION
44. Superintendent Registrars to send certified copies of registers to

Registrar General.
45. Searches and certified copies.
46. Indexes and searches—Superintendent Registrars.
47. Indexes and searches—Registrar General.
Certified copies to be sealed.
Fees.
47A. Certified copies.
48. Shortened form of birth certificate.
49. Funds. Fees received by Registrar General to be paid into public

funds.
50. Penalty for neglecting to give notice or information.
Application of penalty.
51. Penalty for not duly registering, or for losing or injuring

registers, etc.
52. Destroying or injuring register books.
53. Forms.
54. Power to alter forms.
Regulations.
54A. President may amend Schedules by Order.
55. Recovery of penalties.
56. Limitation.

FIRST SCHEDULE.
SECOND SCHEDULE.
THIRD SCHEDULE.
FOURTH SCHEDULE.
FIFTH SCHEDULE.

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1950 Ed.
Ch. 29 No. 1.
13 of 1847.
Commencement.

Short title.

Interpretation.
[98/1981].
Second
Schedule.

Definition of
Registrar and
Superintendent
Registrar.

CHAPTER 44:01

BIRTHS AND DEATHS REGISTRATION ACT

An Act relating to the Registration of Births and Deaths.

*[1ST JANUARY 1848]

1. This Act may be cited as the Births and Deaths
Registration Act.

2. In this Act—
“appointed fee” means the fee specified in the Second Schedule;
“house” includes a Public Institution;
“occupier” includes the Keeper, Master, Matron, Superintendent,

or other Chief Resident Officer of every Public Institution,
also the owner and the manager of every estate and plantation
in Trinidad and Tobago; and where a house is let in separate
apartments or lodgings includes any person residing in the
house who is the person under whom the lodgings or separate
apartments are immediately held, or his agent;

“Public Institution” means a Prison, Industrial School,
Orphanage, Asylum, Hospital, and any prescribed Public or
Charitable Institution;

“relative” includes a relative by marriage.

3. Where reference is made in this Act to a Registrar or a
Superintendent Registrar in connection with any birth or death, or
any register, the reference shall (unless the contrary is expressed)
be deemed to be made to the Registrar who is the Registrar for the
district in which the birth or death took place or who keeps the
register in which the birth or death is or is required to be registered,
or who keeps the register referred to, and to the Superintendent
Registrar who superintends the Registrar as mentioned above.

*See Note on Page 2.

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4. The Registrar General shall keep at his office in Port-of-
Spain a general register of births and deaths in Trinidad and Tobago.

5. The Registrar General shall send, once in every year, to the
President a general abstract of the numbers of births and deaths
registered during the twelve months ending on the last day of
December then immediately preceding, in such form as the
President from time to time may require; and every such annual
general abstract shall be laid before Parliament.

SUPERINTENDENT REGISTRARS AND REGISTRARS
6. The President shall appoint such person as he sees fit as
Superintendent Registrar of births and deaths within the City of Port-
of-Spain, and such other person as he sees fit as Superintendent
Registrar of births and deaths within the City of San Fernando.

7. (1) Each Revenue Officer in charge of a District Revenue
Office shall be the Superintendent Registrar of births and deaths.
(2) All fees received by Revenue Officers under this Act
shall be paid into public funds.

8. Every Superintendent Registrar, with the approval of the
Registrar General, may divide the city, town, county, or ward, of or for
which he is Superintendent, into such and so many districts as he
thinks fit; and from time to time, with the approval as mentioned
above, may alter and vary the number of such districts; and every such
district shall be called by a distinct name, and shall be a Registrar’s
district, and the Superintendent Registrar shall appoint a person with
such qualifications as the Registrar General may by any general rule
declare to be necessary to be Registrar of births and deaths within each
district, and in every case of vacancy in the office of Registrar shall
forthwith fill up the vacancy; and every such Registrar shall hold his
office during the pleasure of the Registrar General.
9. For every district for which a Registrar of births and deaths
is appointed the Registrar shall have power, subject to the approval
of the Superintendent Registrar, to appoint by writing under his hand
a fit person to act as his Deputy in case of the illness or unavoidable

General register.

Annual abstract
of registers to
be sent to
President.

Superintendent
Registrars for
Port-of-Spain
and San
Fernando.

Revenue
Officer to be
Superintendent
Registrar of
births and
deaths.

Districts.

District
Registrars.

Deputy
Registrars.

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Register
boxes.

Transfer of
books, etc., on
removal of
Registrar.

absence of the Registrar; and every such Deputy Registrar, whilst so
acting, shall have all the powers and duties, and be subject to all the
provisions and penalties herein declared concerning Registrars, and
in case of the death of the Registrar shall act as Registrar until
another Registrar is appointed, and every Registrar shall be civilly
responsible for the acts or omissions of his Deputy.

10. The Registrar General shall furnish to every Superintendent
Registrar, for the use of the Registrars under his superintendence, a
sufficient number of strong iron boxes to hold the register books to be
kept by the Registrars; and every such box shall be furnished with a
lock and two keys and no more, and one of the keys shall be kept by
the Registrar, and the other key shall be kept by the Superintendent
Registrar, and the register books of each district, while in the custody
of the Registrar and not in use, shall be always kept in the register
box, and the register box shall always be kept locked.
11. In every case in which any Registrar or Superintendent
Registrar is removed from or ceases to hold office, all register boxes,
keys, books, documents and papers in his possession as Registrar or
Superintendent Registrar shall be given up as soon as may be
convenient to his successor in office; and if any person refuses to give
up any such box, key, books, documents or papers in such case any
Justice for the district where the person is or resides, upon application
for that purpose, may issue a warrant under his hand for bringing such
person before the Magistrate of the district; and upon such person
appearing, or not being found, the Magistrate may hear and determine
the matter in a summary way; and if it appears to the Magistrate that
any such box, key, books, documents, or papers are in the custody or
power of any such person, and that he has refused or wilfully
neglected to deliver them, the Magistrate shall commit the offender to
prison, there to remain without bail until he has delivered up the same,
or until satisfaction has been given to the person in whose custody the
same ought to be; and the Magistrate may grant a warrant to search
for the box, key, books, documents or papers, as in the case of stolen
goods, in any dwelling house or other premises in which any credible
witness proves upon oath that there is reasonable cause to suspect
the same to be, and the same when found shall be delivered to the
person in whose custody they ought to be.

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Registrar to
reside within the
district.

Allowances for
use of premises.
[4 of 1977
2 of 1985].
Fourth
Schedule.

Register books.

Forms A, B.
First
Schedule.

Registrars to
inform
themselves of
all births and
deaths.

Forms A, B.
First
Schedule.

12. Every Registrar and Deputy Registrar shall reside within
the district of which he is Registrar or Deputy Registrar, and shall
cause his name, with the addition of Registrar or Deputy Registrar
(as the case may be) or the district for which he is so appointed, to
be placed in some conspicuous place on or near the outer door of
his own dwelling house, and the Superintendent Registrar shall
cause to be printed and published in the city, town, county or ward
which he superintends, a list of the names and places of abode of
every Registrar and Deputy Registrar under his superintendence.

13. Every Registrar shall be paid an allowance for the use of
his premises at the rate set out in the Fourth Schedule.

14. The Registrar General shall cause to be printed a sufficient
number of register books for making entries of all births and deaths
in Trinidad and Tobago, according to Forms A and B of the First
Schedule; and such register books shall be of durable materials,
and in them shall be printed upon each side of every leaf the heads
of information required by this Act to be known and registered, of
births and deaths respectively; and every page of each of such
books shall be numbered progressively from the beginning to the
end, beginning with number one; and every place of entry shall be
also numbered progressively from the beginning to the end of the
book, beginning with number one; and every entry shall be divided
from the following entry by a printed line.

15. Every Registrar is authorised, and is hereby required, to
inform himself carefully of every birth and every death which
takes place in his district, and to learn and register, as soon after
the event as conveniently may be done, in one of the said books,
the particulars required to be registered according to Forms A and
B respectively of the First Schedule, touching every such birth or
every such death, as the case may be, which are not already
registered, every such entry being made in order from the
beginning to the end of the book.

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Information
concerning birth
to be given to
Registrar within
forty-two days.

Requisition by
Registrar of
information
after forty-two
days.

Information
respecting
finding of
newborn child
to be given to
Registrar.

Registry after
expiration of
three months
from birth.

REGISTRATION OF BIRTHS
16. In the case of every child born alive, it shall be the duty
of the father and mother of the child, and in default of the father
and mother, of the occupier of the house or tenement in which, or
the person in charge of the plantation or estate on which, the child
is born, and of each person present at the birth, and of the person
having charge of the child, to give to the Registrar, within forty-
two days next after the births, information of the particulars
required to be registered concerning the birth, and in the presence
of the Registrar to sign the register.
17. Where a birth has, from the default of the parents or other
person required to give information concerning it, not been duly
registered, the Registrar may, at any time after the end of forty-
two days from the birth, by notice in writing, require any of the
persons required by this Act to give information concerning the
birth to attend personally at the Registrar’s Office, or at any other
place appointed by the Registrar within his district, within such
time (not less than seven days after the receipt of the notice, and
not more than three months from the date of the birth) as may be
specified in the notice, and to give information, to the best of
such person’s knowledge and belief, of the particulars required to
be registered concerning the birth, and to sign the register in the
presence of the Registrar; and it shall be the duty of such person,
unless the birth is registered before the expiration of the time
specified in the requisition, to comply with the requisition.
18. In case any living newborn child is found exposed, it shall
be the duty of any person finding the child, and of any person in
whose charge the child may be placed, to give, to the best of his
knowledge and belief, to the Registrar, within seven days after the
finding of the child, such information of the particulars required to
be registered concerning the birth of the child as the informant
possesses, and in the presence of the Registrar to sign the register.

19. (1) After the expiration of three months next after the birth
of any child, a Registrar shall not register the birth except as
provided in this section; that is to say, in case the birth of any child
has not been registered as required above, the Registrar may, after

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Registry after
twelve months
from birth.

Registry of birth
out of district in
case of removal.
[2 of 1985].

three, and not later than twelve months next after the birth, by
notice in writing, require any of the persons required by this Act
to give information concerning the birth to attend personally at
the Superintendent Registrar’s Office, within such time (not
less than seven days after the receipt of the notice, and not more
than twelve months after the date of the birth) as may be
specified in the notice, and make before the Superintendent
Registrar a solemn declaration, according to the best of the
declarant’s knowledge and belief, of the particulars required to
be registered concerning the birth, and sign the register in the
presence of the Registrar and Superintendent Registrar; and
upon any of the said persons attending before a Registrar and
Superintendent Registrar, whether in pursuance of a requisition
or not, and making such a declaration as mentioned above, and
giving information concerning the birth, the Registrar shall then
and there, in the presence of the Superintendent Registrar,
register the birth according to the information of the declarant,
and the Superintendent Registrar before whom the declaration
is made shall, as well as the Registrar and declarant, sign the
entry of the birth.
(2) After the expiration of twelve months next after the
birth of any child, that birth shall not be registered except with the
written authority of the Registrar General for registering the same,
and except in accordance with the prescribed Rules, and the fact of
such authority having been given shall be entered in the register.
(3) Any person who registers or causes to be registered
the birth of any child in contravention of this section is liable to
a fine of one thousand dollars.

20. (1) Any person required by this Act to give information
concerning a birth, who removes before the birth is registered out
of the district in which the birth has taken place, may, within
three months after the birth, give the information by making and
signing in the presence of the Registrar of the district in which he
resides a declaration in writing of the particulars required to be
registered concerning the birth; and the Registrar, on payment of

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Second
Schedule.

Child of
unmarried
mother.
[17 of 1981].

the appropriate fee set out in the Second Schedule, shall receive
and attest the declaration and send the same to the Registrar of
the district in which the birth took place; and the last mentioned
Registrar shall, in the prescribed manner, enter the birth in the
register; and the entry so made shall be deemed, for the
purposes of this Act, to have been signed by the person who
signed the declaration.
(2) A person making a declaration in pursuance of this
section in the case of any birth shall be deemed to have complied
with the provisions of this Act as to giving information
concerning that birth, and with any requisition of the Registrar
made under this Act within the said three months to attend and
give information concerning that birth.
21. (1) The Registrar shall not enter the name of any person
as the father of a child born out of wedlock except—
(a) at the joint request of the mother and the person

acknowledging himself to be the father of the
child (in which case that person shall sign the
register together with the mother); or

(b) at the request of the mother on production of—
(i) a declaration in the prescribed form made

by the mother stating that the said person
is the father of the child; and

(ii) a statutory declaration made by that
person acknowledging himself to be the
father of the child.

(2) If on registration of the birth of a child the name of no
person has been entered in the register as the father, the Registrar
may re-register the birth so as to show a person as the father—
(a) at the joint request of the mother, and of that

person (in which case the mother and that person
shall both sign the register) in the presence of the
Registrar; or

(b) at the request of the mother on the production of—
(i) a declaration in the prescribed form made

by the mother stating that the person in
question is the father of the child; and

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Father’s
particulars.
[17 of 1981].

Register of
Statutory
Declarations
and Orders.
[17 of 1981].
Ch. 46:07.

(ii) a statutory declaration made by that person
acknowledging himself to be the father of
the child,

but no birth shall be re-registered as aforesaid except with the
authority of the Registrar General and any such re-registration
shall be effected in such manner as may be prescribed.
(3) If at any time after the registration of the birth of a
child whose father’s name is not registered the Registrar General is
satisfied that a paternity order in respect of the child has been made
by the High Court, or by a Magistrate’s Court, or that the child’s
parents were married after the registration he shall authorise the
entry in the register of the name of the father and such other
particulars relating to the father as are supplied to him.

21A. Where the birth of any child whose parents were not
married to each other at the time of the child’s birth is registered
pursuant to section 15, the name of or any other particulars
relating to the father shall not thereafter be entered in the register
unless the Registrar General is satisfied that—
(a) the parents of the child were married to each

other; or
(b) a paternity order in respect of the child has been

made by the High Court or by a Magistrate’s
Court or both the mother and the person
acknowledging himself to be the father of the
child consent to the entry:

Provided that in the last-mentioned case, if
the mother is dead or cannot be found, the
consent of the father alone shall be sufficient.

21B. (1) The Registrar General shall, from the records and
registers in his office, make and keep a correct register in respect of—
(a) all statutory declarations of the kind described in

subsection (1) of section 9 of the Status of
Children Act, filed in his office or of the duplicates
or attested copies of such instruments;

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Registration of
name of child or
of alteration of
name.
[51/1980
3 of 2013].

(b) all copies of paternity orders made under section 10
of the Status of Children Act, forwarded to him in
accordance with section 9 of the said Act, by the
Registrar of the High Court;

(c) all copies of orders made by a Magistrate’s Court
forwarded to the Registrar General in accordance
with section 9 of the Status of Children Act, by
any Clerk of the Peace for filing in the office.

(2) For the purposes of subsection (1) the Registrar
General shall cause the registration of all declarations and
duplicates and copies of declarations filed in his office to be
numbered and otherwise systematically filed according to each
calendar year and such register shall contain such other
particulars as may be prescribed.
(3) The Registrar General shall cause all such statutory
declarations and duplicates and copies of declarations to be
indexed according to each calendar year and each index shall
contain the number and such other particulars of the registration
as may be prescribed.
(4) The Registrar General shall cause any certified copy
of any such instrument, declaration or order as is referred to in
the register kept in accordance with subsection (1) to be sealed
and any such sealed copy shall be received as evidence relating
to the birth to which it relates without any further or other proof
of the instrument, declaration or order, as the case may be, and no
certified copy purporting to be given in the said office shall be of
any force or effect which is not so sealed.
22. (1) When the birth of any child has been registered and
the name, if any, by which it was registered is altered, the parent
or guardian of the child, or other person procuring the name to be
altered, may, within twelve months next after the registration of
the birth, deliver to the Registrar or Superintendent Registrar the
certificate as mentioned below, and the Registrar or
Superintendent Registrar, upon the receipt of that certificate, and
on payment of the appointed fee, shall, without any erasure of the
original entry, forthwith enter in the register book the name
mentioned in the certificate as having been given to the child,
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been made, shall forthwith send the certificate to the Registrar
General, together with a certified copy of the entry of the birth
with the name so added.
(1A) Where the birth of a child has been registered
without a name and the child has subsequently been named—
(a) the parent, guardian or other person having

authority to make the request to have the name
of the child inserted in the register book; or

(b) the holder of the certificate of birth, if he has
attained the age of eighteen years,

may apply, at any time, on the prescribed form to the Registrar
General for the name to be inserted in the register book.
(1B) An application made under subsection (1A) shall
be accompanied by the following documents:
(a) a certificate in the form required under

subsection (2);
(b) a certified copy of the certificate of birth of the child;
(c) a declaration, made under the Statutory

Declarations Act, by the applicant, stating the
relationship of the applicant to the child or the
authority of the applicant to make the request for
the insertion of the name;

(d) the documents specified in regulation 2 of the
Births and Deaths Registration (Registration of
Births After Twelve Months) Regulations; and

(e) any other document that the Registrar General
may require.

(1C) The Registrar General may waive any requirement
set out in subsection (1B)(d).
(1D) Upon receipt of an application made in accordance
with subsections (1A) and (1B), the Registrar General may—
(a) without any erasure of the original entry, enter

in the register book, the name mentioned in the
certificate submitted by the applicant under
subsection (1B)(a), as having been given to the
child; and

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(b) alter the relevant index books of births
accordingly.

(1E) Where, subsequent to the insertion of the name of a
child in the register book, an application is made for a certified
copy of the entry in the register book, the certified copy shall be
prepared as if the registration of birth had been made in the name
so inserted.
(2) The certificate shall be according to Form F or G in
the First Schedule, or as near thereto as circumstances admit, and
shall be signed by the minister or person who performed the rite
of baptism upon which the name was given or altered, or, if the
child is not baptised, shall be signed by the father, mother, or
guardian of the child, or other person procuring the name of the
child to be given or altered.
(3) Every minister or person who performs the rite of
baptism shall deliver the certificate required by this section on
demand, on payment of a fee of one dollar.
23. (1) Any Registrar, immediately upon registering any birth,
shall without fee or reward deliver, to the person giving information
concerning a birth for the purpose of registering that birth a
certificate under his hand in the form set out as Form H in the First
Schedule, and the certificate shall be delivered by the parent or
guardian of the child or other person who gave information to the
Registrar concerning the birth of the child, to the minister or person
who is required to perform and who shall perform the rite of baptism
and if any child is baptised for which no such certificate has been so
delivered, the minister or person who performs the rite of baptism
shall forthwith give notice thereof to the Registrar.
(2) Any minister or person who performs the rite of
baptism for which no certificate has been duly made and delivered
as above, and who has not, within fourteen days, given notice
thereof to the Registrar, is liable to a fine of two hundred dollars.

REGISTRATION OF DEATHS
24. The death of every person dying in Trinidad and Tobago,
and the cause of the death, shall be registered by the Registrar in
the manner directed by this Act.

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Forms F and G.
First Schedule.

Registrar to give
certificate of
registration of
birth to
informant.
Form H.
First Schedule.
[2 of 1985].

Registry of
deaths.

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Information
where death
occurs in house.
[16 of 1953].

Information
where death
does not occur
in house.
[16 of 1953].

Notice
preliminary to
information.

25. When a person dies in a house, it shall be the duty of the
nearest relatives of the deceased present at the death, or in attendance
during the last illness of the deceased, and in default of the relatives,
of every other relative of the deceased dwelling or being in the same
district as the deceased, and in default of the relatives of each person
present at the death, and of the occupier of the house in which, to his
knowledge, the death took place, and in default of the persons
mentioned in this section, of each inmate of the house, and of the
person causing the body of the deceased person to be buried or
cremated, to give, to the best of his knowledge and belief, to the
Registrar, within the five days next following the day of the death,
information of the particulars required to be registered concerning
the death, and in the presence of the Registrar to sign the register.

26. Where a person dies in a place which is not a house, or a
dead body is found elsewhere than in a house, it shall be the duty of
every relative of the deceased person having knowledge of any of
the particulars required to be registered concerning the death, and in
default of the relative, of every person present at the death, and of
any person finding, and of any person taking charge of the body,
and of the person causing the body to be buried or cremated, to give
to the Registrar, within five days next after the death or the finding,
such information of the particulars required to be registered
concerning the death as the informant possesses, and in the presence
of the Registrar to sign the register.

27. If a person required to give information concerning any
death sends to the Registrar a written notice of the occurrence of
the death, accompanied by such medical certificate of the cause
of the death as is required by this Act to be delivered to a
Registrar, the information of the particulars required by this Act
to be registered concerning the death need not be given within the
said five days, but shall, notwithstanding the notice, be given
within ten days next after the day of the death by the person
giving the notice or some other person required by this Act to
give the information.

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28. Where any death has, from the default of the person
required to give information concerning it, not been registered, the
Registrar may, at any time after the expiration of ten days and within
twelve months from the day of the death or from the finding of the
dead body elsewhere than in a house, by notice in writing, require
any person required by this Act to give information concerning the
death to attend personally at the Registrar’s Office, or at any other
place appointed by the Registrar within his district, within such time
(not less than seven days after the receipt of the notice, nor more than
twelve months after the death or finding of the dead body) as may be
specified in the notice, and to give the information to the best of the
informant’s knowledge and belief, and to sign the register in the
presence of the Registrar; and it shall be the duty of such person,
unless the death is registered before the expiration of the time
specified in the requisition, to comply with the requisition.

29. (1) After the expiration of twelve months next after any
death, or after the finding of the dead body elsewhere than in a
house, that death shall not be registered except with the written
authority of the Registrar General for registering the same, and
except in accordance with the prescribed Rules, and the fact of
such authority having been given shall be entered in the register.
(2) Any person who registers or causes to be registered
any death in contravention of this section is liable to a fine of one
thousand dollars.

30. (1) Where an inquest is held on any dead body, the
Coroner shall enquire of the particulars required to be registered
concerning the death, and the Coroner shall send to the Registrar,
within five days after his finding on the inquest, a certificate under
his hand giving information concerning the death and specifying
his finding with respect to the said particulars, and to the cause of
death, and specifying the time and place at which the inquest was
held, and the Registrar shall, in the prescribed form and manner,
enter the death and particulars. If the death has been previously
registered, the said particulars shall be entered in the prescribed
manner without any alteration of the original entry.

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Requisition by
Registrar of
information
concerning
deaths from
qualified
informant.

Death not to be
registered after
twelve months.

Information by
Coroner.

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Coroner’s order
and Registrar’s
certificate for
burial.
Form E.

Form D.

(2) Where an inquest is held on any dead body, no
person shall, with respect to the dead body or death, be liable to
attend upon a requisition of a Registrar, or be subject to any
penalty for failing to give information in pursuance of any other
provision of this Act.

BURIALS
31. (1) A Coroner, upon holding an inquest upon any body,
may, if he thinks fit, by order under his hand, authorise the body
to be buried before registry of the death, and shall give such order
to the relative of the deceased or other person who causes the
body to be buried, or to the undertaker or other person having
charge of the funeral; and except upon holding an inquest, no
order, warrant, or other document for the burial of any body shall
be given by the Coroner.
(2) The Registrar, upon registering any death or upon
receiving a written notice of the occurrence of a death,
accompanied by a medical certificate as is provided by this Act,
shall forthwith, or as soon after as he is required, give, without
fee or reward, either to the person giving information concerning
the death or sending the notice, or to the undertaker or other
person having charge of the funeral of the deceased, a certificate
under his hand that he has registered or received notice of the
death, as the case may be.
(3) Any such order of the Coroner and certificate of the
Registrar shall be delivered to the person who buries or performs
any funeral or religious service for the burial of the body of the
deceased; and any person to whom the order or certificate was
given by the Coroner or Registrar who fails so to deliver or causes
to be delivered the same is liable to a fine of one hundred dollars.
(4) The person who buries or performs any funeral or
religious service for the burial of any dead body, as to which no
order or certificate under this section is delivered to him, shall,
within seven days after the burial, give notice thereof in writing
to the Registrar, and if he fails to do so is liable to a fine of four
hundred dollars.

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32. (1) A person shall not wilfully bury or procure to be
buried the body of any deceased child as if it were stillborn.
(2) A person who has control over or ordinarily buries
bodies in any burial ground shall not permit to be buried in the
burial ground the body of any deceased child as if it were
stillborn, and shall not permit to be buried or bury in the burial
ground any stillborn child before there is delivered to him either—
(a) a written certificate that the child was not born

alive, signed by a registered medical practitioner
who was in attendance at the birth or has
examined the body of the child;

(b) a declaration signed by some person who would,
if the child had been born alive, have been
required by this Act to give information
concerning the birth, to the effect that no
registered medical practitioner was present at the
birth, or that his certificate cannot be obtained,
and that the child was not born alive; or

(c) if there has been an inquest, an order of the Coroner.
(3) Any person who acts in contravention of this section
is liable to a fine of four hundred dollars.

CERTIFICATES OF CAUSE OF DEATH
33. With respect to certificates of the cause of death, the
following provisions shall have effect:
(a) the Registrar General shall from time to time

furnish to every Registrar printed forms of
certificates of cause of death by registered
medical practitioners, and every Registrar shall
furnish such forms gratis to any registered
medical practitioner residing or practising in the
Registrar’s district;

(b) in case of the death of any person who has been
attended during his last illness by a registered
medical practitioner, that practitioner shall sign
and give to some person required by this Act to

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Burial of
deceased
children as
stillborn.

Regulations as
to certificates of
cause of death.

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give information concerning the death, a
certificate stating to the best of his knowledge
and belief the cause of death, and the person
shall, upon giving information concerning the
death, or giving notice of the death, deliver that
certificate to the Registrar, and the cause of
death as stated in that certificate shall be entered
in the register, together with the name of the
certifying medical practitioner;

(c) in case of the death of any person who had not
the services of a medical practitioner, or who
had not been attended by a medical practitioner
during his last illness, the Registrar General, a
Justice, Superintendent Registrar, District
Registrar, Minister of Religion, or any police
officer of or above the rank of Assistant
Superintendent, may summon the nearest
medical practitioner to view the dead body and
to certify on the view, and according to the
symptoms described to him by those who
attended to the deceased person, what he
conceives to be the cause of death; the medical
practitioner is entitled to receive a fee for the
certificate on such scale as may be prescribed by
the President. The medical practitioner’s
certificate shall be given to some person
required by this Act to give information
concerning the death, and the person shall
deliver the certificate to the Registrar, and the
cause of death as stated in that certificate shall
be entered in the register together with the name
of the certifying medical practitioner;

(d) where an inquest is held on the body of any
deceased person, a medical certificate of the
cause of death need not be given to the
Registrar, but the certificate of the finding of the
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(e) where by reason of inability to obtain the
services of a medical practitioner to view a dead
body and to certify as in this section required,
the Revenue Officer, police officer,
Schoolmaster or other of the functionaries
mentioned in this section may issue a certificate
for the burial of the deceased person;

(f) if any person to whom a medical certificate is
given by a registered medical practitioner in
pursuance of this section fails to deliver that
certificate to the Registrar, he is liable to a fine
of one hundred dollars.

34. Every Superintendent Registrar and Registrar respectively
shall be entitled to the fees specified in the Second Schedule, and
every such fee shall be paid to him by the persons and on the
occasions pointed out in that Schedule and may be recovered as a
debt due to him, and, subject to the prescribed Rules, he may refuse
to comply with any application voluntarily made to him until the
fee is paid.

35. (1) Every Registrar, when and as required by the Chief
Medical Officer for the purposes of the Board of Health, shall
transmit by post or otherwise a return, certified under the hand of
the Registrar to be a true return, of such of the particulars
registered by him concerning any death as may be specified in the
requisition of the Chief Medical Officer.
(2) The Chief Medical Officer may supply a form of the
prescribed character for the purposes of the return, and in that
case the return shall be made in the form so supplied.

CORRECTION OF ERRORS
36. With regard to the correction of errors in registers of
births and deaths, the following provisions shall have effect:
(a) no alteration in any such register shall be made

except as authorised by this Act;

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Fees.
Second
Schedule.

Returns of
Registrars to
Chief Medical
Officer.

Correction of
errors in
registers.
[2 of 1985].

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Second
Schedule.

Register when
not evidence.

(b) any clerical error which may from time to time be
discovered in any such register may be corrected
by any person authorised in that behalf by the
Registrar General, subject to the prescribed Rules;

(c) an error of fact or substance in any such register
may be corrected by entry in the margin (without
any alteration of the original entry) by the officer
having the custody of the register, upon payment
of the appropriate fee set out in the Second
Schedule and upon production to him by the
person requiring the error to be corrected of a
statutory declaration setting forth the nature of the
error and the true facts of the case, and made by
two persons required by this Act to give
information concerning the birth or death with
reference to which the error has been made, or in
default of such persons then by two credible
persons having knowledge of the truth of the case;

(d) where an error of fact or substance (other than
an error relating to the cause of death) occurs in
the information given by a Coroner’s certificate
concerning a dead body upon which he has held
an inquest, the Coroner, if satisfied by evidence
on oath or statutory declaration that the error
exists, may certify under his hand to the officer
having the custody of the register in which the
information is entered the nature of the error
and the true facts of the case as ascertained by
him on the evidence, and the error may
thereupon be corrected by the officer in the
register by entering in the margin (without any
alteration of the original entry) the facts as so
certified by the Coroner.

MISCELLANEOUS
37. (1) An entry or certified copy of an entry of a birth or
death in a register or in a certified copy of such a register, shall
not be evidence of the birth or death, unless the entry either
purports to be signed by some person professing to be the
informant and to be such a person as is required by law at the date

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of the entry to give to the Registrar information concerning the birth
or death, or purports to be made upon a certificate from a Coroner.
(2) When more than three months have intervened
between the day of the birth and the day of the registration of the
birth of any child, the entry or certified copy of the entry of the birth
of the child in a register or in a certified copy of such a register, shall
not be evidence of the birth, unless the entry purports—
(a) if it appears that not more than twelve months

have so intervened, to be signed by the
Superintendent Registrar as well as by the
Registrar; or

(b) if more than twelve months have so intervened,
to have been made with the authority of the
Registrar General, and in accordance with the
prescribed Rules.

(3) Where more than twelve months have intervened
between the day of a death or the finding of a dead body and the
day of the registration of the death or the finding of the body, the
entry or certified copy of the entry of the death in a register or in
a certified copy of the register, is not evidence of the death, unless
the entry purports to have been made with the authority of the
Registrar General, and in accordance with the prescribed Rules.
38. Every person required to give information concerning any
birth or death, or any living newborn child, or any dead body, who
wilfully refuses to answer any question put to him by the Registrar
relating to the particulars required to be registered concerning the
birth or death, or fails to comply with any requisition of the
Registrar made in pursuance of this Act, and every person who
refuses or fails without reasonable excuse to give or send any
certificate in accordance with the provisions of this Act, is liable
to a fine of one hundred dollars for each offence; and the parent of
any child who fails to give information concerning the birth of the
child, as required by this Act, is liable to a like fine; and a person
required by this Act to give information concerning a death in the
first instance, and not merely in default of some other person is, if
the information as is required by this Act is not duly given, liable
to the same fine.

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giving
information.

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Offences.

Sending
certificates, etc.,
by post.

Particulars to be
registered
concerning birth
or death.
[5 of 1952].
Forms A, B.
First Schedule.
Quarterly
accounts.
[2 of 1985].

Fifth Schedule.

Certified copies
of registers to
be sent
quarterly, and
register books
when filled, to
Superintendent
Registrar.
[4 of 1977
2 of 1985].
Form C.
First Schedule.

39. Any person who forges or falsifies any certificate or
declaration or order under this Act, or, knowing any such
certificate, declaration, or order to be false or forged, uses the
same as true, or gives or sends the same as true to any person, is
for each offence liable on summary conviction to a fine of four
hundred dollars, and, on conviction on indictment to a fine, or to
imprisonment for two years.

40. All notices, informations, declarations, certificates,
requisitions, returns, and other documents required or authorised by
this Act to be delivered, sent, or given to the Registrar General, a
Superintendent Registrar, or a Registrar, or by a Registrar to a person
who is required to give information concerning any birth or death, or
who gives notice of any death, may be sent by post and the date at
which they would be delivered to the person to whom they are sent
in the ordinary course of post shall be deemed to be the date at which
they are received; and in proving the sending, it shall be sufficient to
prove that the letter was properly addressed and put into the post.

41. The particulars required to be registered concerning a birth or
death shall be the particulars specified in Forms A and B respectively
of the First Schedule, or as altered in pursuance of this Act.

42. Every Registrar shall make out an account four times in
every year of the number of births and deaths which he has
registered since the last quarterly account, and the Superintendent
Registrar shall verify and sign the same, and the Comptroller of
Accounts shall pay to the Registrar, on the certificate of the Registrar
General, according to the scale set out in the Fifth Schedule.

43. (1) In the months of April, July, October and January, on
such days as shall from time to time be appointed by the Registrar
General, the Registrar of each district shall make and deliver to
the Superintendent Registrar of his district, a true copy, on durable
materials, certified by him under his hand according to Form C of
the First Schedule, of all the entries of births and deaths in the
register book kept by him since the last certificate; and the
Superintendent Registrar shall verify the same, and, if found to be

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correct, shall certify the same under his hand to be a true copy;
and if there has been no birth or death registered since the
delivery of the last certificate, the Registrar shall certify the fact,
and the certificate shall be delivered to the Superintendent
Registrar as aforesaid, and countersigned by him; and the
Registrar shall keep safely each of the register books until it is
filled, and shall then deliver it to the Superintendent Registrar, to
be kept by him with the records of his office.
(2) The Comptroller of Accounts shall pay to a Registrar
for each copy of an entry of birth or death made under subsection (1)
an allowance at the rate set out in the Fifth Schedule.

44. Every Superintendent Registrar shall, four times in
every year, on such days as shall be named by the Registrar
General, send to the Registrar General all the certified copies of
the registers of births and deaths which he has received during
the three calendar months next preceding such quarterly days of
transmission respectively; and if it appears by the interruption
of the regular progression of numbers or otherwise, that the
copy of any part of any book has not been duly delivered to
him, he shall procure, as far as possible consistent with the
provisions of this Act, that the same may be remedied and
supplied; and every Superintendent Registrar shall make out an
account, four times in every year, of the number of entries in the
certified copies sent to him during the last quarter, and the
certified copies so sent to the Registrar General shall be
thereafter kept in such order and manner as the Registrar
General under the direction of the President, thinks fit, so that
the same may be most readily seen and examined.

45. Every Registrar who has the keeping for the time being
of any register of births or deaths shall, at all reasonable times,
allow searches to be made of any register in his keeping, and
shall give a copy certified under his hand of any entry or entries
in the same, on payment of the appropriate fees set out in the
Second Schedule.

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Fifth Schedule.

Superintendent
Registrars to
send certified
copies of
registers to
Registrar
General.
[45 of 1979
47 of 1980].

Searches and
certified copies.
[51/1980
2 of 1985].

Second
Schedule.

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Indexes and
searches—
Superintendent
Registrars.
[34 of 1952].

Second
Schedule.

Indexes and
searches—
Registrar
General.

Certified copies
to be sealed.

Fees.
Third Schedule.

Certified copies.
[1of 2005].

Shortened form
of birth
certificate.
[2/1963].

46. Every Superintendent Registrar shall, when required to
do so by the Registrar General, cause indexes of the register
books in his office to be made and kept with the other records of
his office, and any person is entitled at all reasonable hours to
search such indexes, and to have a certified copy of any entry or
entries in the register books under the hand of the Superintendent
Registrar or, where the register books are kept by a Revenue
Officer in the capacity of Superintendent Registrar, of any officer
authorised in writing by the Revenue Officer to issue certified
copies of entries in the register books on payment of the fees
specified in the Second Schedule.
47. (1) The Registrar General shall cause indexes of all the
certified copies of the registers to be made and kept in his office,
and every person is entitled, on payment of the fees referred to in
subsection (3), to search the indexes at any time during office
hours, and to have a certified copy of any entry in the certified
copies of the registers.
(2) The Registrar General shall seal all the certified
copies, and all the sealed copies shall be received as evidence of
the birth or death to which the same relate, without any further or
other proof of the entry, and no certified copy purporting to be
given in the said office shall be of any force or effect which is not
sealed as mentioned above.
(3) The Registrar General is entitled to charge the fees
specified in the Third Schedule.
47A. Where under this Act the Registrar General certifies
copies of birth and death certificates, the certification may be
done by any appropriate means.
48. Any person shall, on payment of a fee of twenty-five cents
and on furnishing the prescribed particulars, be entitled to obtain from
the Registrar General, a Superintendent Registrar or a Registrar, a
certificate in the prescribed form of the birth of any person compiled
from the records and registers in the custody of the Registrar General,
or from the registers in the custody of that Superintendent Registrar or
Registrar, as the case may be. No certificate issued under this section
shall include any particulars except the name, surname, sex and date
of birth and such other particulars, if any, as may be prescribed, not
being particulars relating to parentage or adoption.

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49. The President may from time to time cause to be paid
from public funds such moneys as may be required for the
purpose of carrying this Act into effect, and every sum received
under the provisions of this Act by or on account of the Registrar
General shall be accounted for and paid by the Registrar General
on the expiration of each month into public funds.

50. If any person required or directed by this Act to give notice
to any Registrar of any birth or of any death, or to give any
information when required to do so of any of the particulars hereby
required to be known and registered touching any child born or any
person dead, omits or refuses to do so within the time limited in
that behalf, every person so offending is liable to a fine of two
hundred dollars; and one moiety of the fine shall be paid to the
informer, and the other moiety shall be paid into public funds.

51. Any Registrar who refuses or without reasonable cause
omits to register any birth or death of which he has had due notice,
and any person having the custody of any register book or
certified copy thereof, or of any part thereof, who carelessly loses
or damages the same, or carelessly allows the same to be damaged
whilst in his keeping, is liable to a fine of two thousand dollars.

52. Every person who wilfully destroys or damages or causes
to be destroyed or damaged, any such register book, or any part or
certified copy of any part thereof, is guilty of an indictable offence.

53. The Forms in the First Schedule or forms as nearly
resembling the same as circumstances admit, shall be used in all
cases in which they are applicable, and when so used shall be
valid in law.

54. (1) The Registrar General may, by Order, alter from
time to time all or any of the forms contained in the First Schedule
or in any order under this section, in such manner as may appear
to him best for carrying this Act into effect, or may prescribe new
forms for that purpose, and may make Regulations for prescribing
any matters authorised by this Act to be prescribed.

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Funds.
Fees received
by Registrar
General to be
paid into public
funds.

Penalty for
neglecting to
give notice or
information.

Application of
penalty.

Penalty for not
duly registering,
or for losing or
injuring
registers, etc.

Destroying or
injuring register
books.
[45 of 1979].

Forms.
First Schedule.

Power to alter
forms.
First Schedule.

Regulations.

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First Schedule.

President may
amend Schedules
by Order.
[2 of 1985].
Recovery of
penalties.

Ch. 4:20.

Limitation.

(2) Any order made in pursuance of this section shall be
laid before Parliament within thirty days after the issue of the
same.
(3) Every form when altered in pursuance of this
section shall have the same effect as if it had been contained in
the First Schedule, and every regulation made in pursuance of
this section shall while in force have the same effect as if it were
enacted in this Act.

54A. The President may by Order amend any Schedule.

55. (1) Unless otherwise directed, all offences under this Act
may be prosecuted, and all penalties incurred may be imposed or
recovered in the manner provided by the Summary Courts Act.
(2) Where the Magistrate before whom a person is
charged summarily with an offence under this Act which is also
punishable on indictment, thinks that proceedings ought to be
taken against the person by indictment, he may adjourn the case
to enable such proceedings to be taken.

56. A prosecution on indictment for an offence under this
Act shall be commenced within three years after the commission
of the offence.

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20......
FORM B

DEATHS IN THE WARD OF

20......

FIRST SCHEDULE
FORM A

BIRTHS IN THE WARD OF

Section 14.

Section 14.

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Green Green, Green, Cox,

formerly father, Registrar
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Section 43(1).

Section 31(2).

Section 31(1).

Section 22.

FORM C

I, .................................................... Registrar of Births and Deaths in the Sub-Division
........................................... in the Ward of ................................. do hereby certify that
this is a true copy of the Registrar’s book of births (or deaths) within the said District
from the entry of the birth (or death) of ......................... No. 1 ......................................
to the entry of the birth (or death) of .......................... No. 34.
Witness my hand this ............. day of ................................................., 20..... .

Registrar

FORM D

I, .................................................... Registrar of Births and Deaths in the Sub-Division
........................................... in the Ward of ................................. do hereby certify that
the death of ............................................. was duly registered by me on the ...............
day of ..........................................., 20......
Witness my hand this ............. day of ................................................., 20..... .

Registrar

FORM E

I, ..................................................... Coroner for the .................... do hereby order the
burial of the body now shown to me as the body of ........................................................
.
Witness my hand this ............. day of ................................................., 20..... .

Coroner

FORM F

FORM CERTIFYING NAME GIVEN IN BAPTISM
I, ........................................................of................................., in the Ward of
..........................................., do hereby certify that on the .............., 20......, I baptised by
the name of .................................. a ...................................... male child produced to me
by ...................................... as the ...................... of ..................................., and declared
by the said .................................................. to have been born at ........................ in the
Ward of ......................... on the ............., 20..... .

Signed by Officiating Minister

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$50.00

$75.00

$20.00

$25.00
Where the delay in registration is occasioned by the failure of the Registrar to
issue a requisition or otherwise by his default, he shall not be entitled to the
fees set out in paragraphs (a) and (b) respectively.

1. For registration of birth payable
by informant or declarant where:
(a) child over three months

and not more than twelve
months … …

(b) child over twelve months
and with the written
authority of the Registrar
General … …

Section 22.

Section 23.

Sections 19, 20,
22, 31, 34, 36,
45 and 46.
[2/1963
2 of 1985
4 of 1992
6 of 1993
3 of 1994].

FORM G
FORM CERTIFYING NAME GIVEN NOT IN BAPTISM
I, ..................................................... do hereby certify that the ........... male child born
on the ......................................................... at ......................................................, in the
Ward of .............................................. to ............................... and ...................................
his wife, and registered in the District of ...................................... on the ..........., 20......,
has (without being baptised) received the name of .........................................................
Witness my hand this ............. day of ................................................., 20..... .

Signature

FORM H
I, ............................................................. Registrar of Births and Deaths in the Sub-
Division ........................................... in the Ward of ......................................., do hereby
certify that the birth of ........................................... was duly registered by me on the
............... day of ...................................., 20..... .
Witness my hand this ............. day of ..............................................., 20....... .

Registrar

SECOND SCHEDULE

FEES PAYABLE TO REGISTRARS AND
SUPERINTENDENT REGISTRARS

Registrar Superintendent
Registrar

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$2.50

$1.00

$5.00

FEES PAYABLE TO REGISTRARS AND
SUPERINTENDENT REGISTRARS—Continued



$2.00

$4.00

$1.00

$2.00

$4.00


$1.50

$1.00



$2.00


2. For taking, attesting and
transmitting a declaration made
and payable by an informant in
respect of a birth in another
district … … …

3. For entering the baptismal or
other name of a child after
registration of birth payable by
person procuring the service to
Superintendent Registrar or
Registrar … … …

4. For correcting an error of fact in
a register payable by person
procuring the service to
Superintendent Registrar or
Registrar … … …

5. Search:
(a) extending over a period of

not more than one year …
(b) extending over a period of

more than one year—for
each additional year over
the first … …

6. (a) General search not directed
to any particular entry …

(b) Search for a particular
entry … … …

7. Certified copy of an entry …
8. For certification of registration

of birth or death certificate given
by the Superintendent Registrar,
or the Registrar, $5.00 to be paid
to the Registrar General by the
applicant.

9. For re-registration of a birth
wrongly registered, $30.00 to be
paid to the Registrar General by
the applicant.

Registrar Superintendent
Registrar

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Section 47 (3).
[2/1963
51/1980
45 of 1979
47 of 1980
11 of 1988
94/2003].

Section 13.
[2 of 1985
4 of 1992
51/2006].

THIRD SCHEDULE

$ c.
1. For every general search not directed to any particular
entry … … … … … … 10.00

2. For every search for a particular entry … … 12.50

3. For every certified copy of any entry … … 12.50

4. For the first search for a particular entry in the form set out in
the Registration of Births (Form) Regulations 2003 … 0.00

5. For every other search for a particular entry in the
form set out in the Registration of Births (Form)

Regulations 2003 … … … … … 12.50

6. For the first certified copy of a particular entry in the
form set out in the Registration of Births (Form)
Regulations 2003 … … … … … 0.00

7. For every other certified copy of a particular entry in the
form set out in the Registration of Births (Form)
Regulations 2003 … … … … … 12.50

FOURTH SCHEDULE
ALLOWANCES PAYABLE FOR USE OF PREMISES

District Allowance per month
$ ¢
North-East, Port-of-Spain … … … … … 112.50
South-East, Port-of-Spain … … … … … 112.50
Central, Port-of-Spain … … … … … 225.00
North-West and South-West, Port-of-Spain … … … 112.50
St. James, Port-of-Spain … … … … … 112.50
St. Joseph Road, Laventille East … … … … 112.50
St. Ann’s … … … … … … 112.50
St. Joseph Town and Ward … … … … … 112.50
Tunapuna … … … … … … 112.50
St. Mary’s and Paradise … … … … … 112.50
Arima Town and Arima East… … … … … 112.50
Chaguanas North … … … … … … 112.50
Upper Couva … … … … … … 112.50

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District

Allowance
per month
$ ¢
Sangre Grande and Manzanilla West… … … … 112.50
Tamana North … … … … … … 112.50
San Fernando North… … … … … … 112.50
San Fernando South… … … … … … 225.00
Pointe-a-Pierre South … … … … … 112.50
Union/Naparima North … … … … … 112.50
Princes Town … … … … … … 112.50
Point Fortin … … … … … … 112.50
Tobago Windward… … … … … … 112.50
Tobago Middle … … … … … … 112.50
All other districts … … … … … … 75.00
An additional allowance of $137.50 per month is payable to a Registrar for the
use of premises for the period 1st January, 1998 to 31st January, 2006.

$450.00 per quarter
(payments to be
made monthly)

Section 42.
[2 of 1985
4 of 1992
52/2006].

Section 43.

37 cents.
For each copy of an entry of birth or death made under
section 43(1) … … … …

PART II
RATE OF ALLOWANCE FOR ENTRY ON CERTIFIED

COPY OF REGISTER

Note—The Notification published as Government Notice No. 86 of 1960 is revoked.
$1.50 per entry

$675.00 per quarter
(payments to be
made monthly)

$360.00 per quarter

A basic allowance payable to a Registrar shall be—
(a) for the period commencing January,

1981 to December 31, 1982 … …
(b) for the period commencing January 1, 1983



(c) for the period commencing February 1, 1992

An additional allowance of $675.00 per quarter is
payable to a Registrar for the period 1st January, 1998
to 31st January, 2006.
For entries of births or deaths in excess of 125 entries
per quarter… … … … …

FIFTH SCHEDULE
PART I

QUARTERLY ACCOUNTS—SCALE OF PAYMENTS

ALLOWANCES PAYABLE FOR USE OF
PREMISES—Continued

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SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION

REGISTRATION OF BIRTHS REGULATIONS

ARRANGEMENT OF REGULATIONS
REGULATION
1. Citation and commencement.
2. Officers before whom declaration may be made.
3. Prescribed forms.
4. Mother’s request for entry of father’s name.
5. Particulars to be produced.
6. Witnessing entry.
7. Signing.
8. Certificate of re-registration.
9. Noting of entries on re-registration.

SCHEDULE.

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90/1983.

Citation and
commencement.

Officers before
whom
declaration may
be made.

Prescribed
forms.
Forms A and B.
Schedule.

Mother’s
request for entry
of father’s
name.
Form A.
Schedule.

Form B.
Schedule.

Particulars to be
produced.

Forms A and B.
Schedule.

REGISTRATION OF BIRTHS REGULATIONS

made under section 54

1. These Regulations may be cited as the Registration of
Births Regulations, and shall come into operation on Thursday
the 9th day of June 1983.
2. A declaration for the purposes of section 20 of the Act
shall be made before a Superintendent Registrar or a Registrar of
Births and Deaths other than the Registrar of Births and Deaths
for the district in which the birth has previously been registered.
3. The form of declaration and the form of statutory
declaration for the purposes of section 20 of the Act are hereby
prescribed in Forms A and B respectively of the Schedule.
4. Where under section 21(1)(b) and (2)(b) of the Act, a
mother requests entry of the father’s name in the register—
(a) a declaration in the prescribed Form A of the

Schedule shall be made by the mother before
one of the officers specified in regulation 2;

(b) the declaration shall be attested by the officer
before whom it was made;

(c) a statutory declaration in the prescribed Form B
of the Schedule shall be made by the person
acknowledging himself to be the father.

5. (1) Where under section 21(1)(b) and (2)(b) of the Act,
a mother requests entry of the father’s name in the register the
mother shall produce to the Registrar General—
(a) a declaration together with the statutory

declaration in the prescribed Forms A and B of
the Schedule;

(b) evidence of identity of the parents or the child as
the Registrar General may require;

(c) such other evidence as the Registrar General
thinks fit.

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Witnessing
entry.

Signing.

Form C.
Schedule.

(2) In the case of—
(a) re-registration of a birth under section 21 of the

Act or the entry of the father’s name under
section 21A of the Act, the mother shall produce
to the Registrar General a certificate of the birth
of the child as well as the particulars specified in
subregulation (1);

(b) entry of the father’s name under section 21(3)
of the Act, the mother shall produce to the
Registrar General a certificate of the birth of
the child, an office copy of the order of the
Court as well as the particulars specified in
subregulation (1).

6. (1) Parents or a parent, where permissible, may give
such information and produce such evidence or particulars to a
Registrar who shall as soon as practicable forward the same to the
Registrar General.
(2) Where the information, evidence and particulars are
satisfactory to the Registrar General the parents or parent shall
attend at the office of the Registrar General in Port-of-Spain to
witness the entry of the name or any other particulars as provided
in regulation 8 within seven days of the date specified in the
notice to the parents or parent.

7. (1) The Registrar General shall enter the name or any
other particulars in the Register provided for that purpose in the
presence of the parents or parent, as the case may be, and the
parents or parent shall sign the Register in the presence of the
Registrar General.
(2) Re-registration of the birth of a person under the Act
shall be effected at the Registrar General’s Office in Port-of-
Spain and in a register book kept for that purpose in the form set
out as Form C of the Schedule.

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Regulations 3,
4(a) and 5(a).

Entry No.

20.........

SCHEDULE
FORM A

BIRTHS IN THE WARD OF

7. Rank or Profession

6. Address

FATHER
5. Name and surname

4. Sex 3. (a) Name
(b) Surname

2. Place of birth
No. of house or locality where born

CHILD
1. Date of birth

BIRTH

Certificate of
re-registration.

Noting of
entries on
re-registration.

8. Where application is made to the Registrar or the
Superintendent Registrar for a certified copy of the entry of the
birth of a child whose birth has been re-registered in a register in
his custody, he shall, upon payment of a fee of one dollar and
twenty cents, supply a certified copy of the entry of re-
registration.

9. The Superintendent Registrar or the Registrar having
custody of the register in which the birth of a child was previously
registered shall, when so directed by the Registrar General, note the
previous entry relating to the birth with the words “Re-registered
under section 21 of the Births and Deaths Registration Act on
...........................................................................” inserting the
date of the re-registration and make a certified copy of the note
and send the copy to the Registrar General.

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11. Address

10. If married—
(a) Maiden surname
(b) Surname at marriage

9. Place of birth

MOTHER
8. Name and surname

I ...................................................................................................................................................
DO SOLEMNLY AND SINCERELY DECLARE that I am the mother of the child the particulars
of whose birth are specified above and that the person named in space 5 above is the father of the
child, and I request that his name should be recorded as such in the Register of Births.

.................................................................................... Date ............................................
Signature
Signed and declared by the above-named declarant in the presence of

..........................................................................................
Registrar of Births and Deaths/Superintendent Registrar

.................................................................. District

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Regulations 3,
4(c) and 5(a).

FORM B
REPUBLIC OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

In the Matter of section 9 of the Status of Children Act, Ch. 46:07
and

In the Matter of the Statutory Declarations Act, Ch. 7:04
DECLARATION BY PERSON ACKNOWLEDGING THAT
HE IS THE FATHER OF A CHILD IN SUPPORT OF
APPLICATION TO ENTER FATHER’S NAME IN THE

REGISTER OF BIRTHS
I, *A.B. of .......................................................................................................................

in the Ward of .............................................. in the County of ..........................................

......................................................... in the Island of ..........................................................

....................................................
Occupation

SOLEMNLY AND SINCERELY DECLARE as follows:

1. I acknowledge that I am the father of †C.D. born on the .......... day of .................

at ................................................ in the Ward of .................................................................

in the County of .......................................... in the Island of ..............................................

particulars of whose birth were registered on the ..............................................................
under the provisions of the Births and Deaths Registration Act, Ch. 44:01 of the

Laws of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago as No. ............................................. in the

Registrar’s Book of Births in the District of .................................................. in the Ward

of ........................................... in the County of .................................................................

2. ‡E.F. of ..................................................................................................................
is the mother of the said child.

3. The said “C.D.” is the same person as “C.D.” named in the certificate dated
....................................................................................... now produced to me marked
“A.B. 1” and E.F. is the same person as “E.F.” named in the said certificate now
produced to me and marked “A.B. 1”.

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* A.B.: father of child.
† C.D.: Child.
‡ E.F.: Mother of child.

4. On registration of the birth of C.D. I am informed and verily believe no person
was entered in the register as the father of “C.D.” and I now desire and consent that my
name should be recorded as the father of the child in the Register of Births.
And I make this declaration conscientiously believing the same to be true and

according to the Statutory Declarations Act, Ch. 7:04 of the Laws of the Republic of
Trinidad and Tobago and I am aware that if there is any statement in this declaration
which is false in fact, which I know or believe to be false or do not believe to be true, I
am liable to fine and imprisonment.

Signed ....................................................
Declarant

Signed ....................................................
Declarant

Declared before me

at ..........................................................

this ......... day of .................. 20 ..........

.............................................................
(SIGNED)

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177/2001.

Citation.

Application for
registration of
child after
twelve months.

BIRTHS AND DEATHS REGISTRATION (REGISTRATION
OF BIRTHS AFTER TWELVE MONTHS) REGULATIONS

made under sections 19(2) and 54(1)

1. These Regulations may be cited as the Births and Deaths
Registration (Registration of Births After Twelve Months) Regulations.

2. Subject to regulation 3, an application for the registration
of the birth of a child born in Trinidad and Tobago, after twelve
months from the date of birth of the child have elapsed shall—
(a) where the child is born at a hospital or other

birthing institution, be accompanied by—
(i) the immunisation card of the child;
(ii) the marriage certificate of the parents;
(iii) the birth certificates of all siblings born

before and after the child;
(iv) the identification card of the mother or

father of the child or where possible, the
identification cards of both;

(v) a letter from the schools attended by the
child stating the date of birth of the child
as appears on the registers of the schools;

(vi) a baptismal certificate, if any, of the child;
(vii) an affidavit from the mother or father of

the child, stating the reason for the non-
registration of the birth of the child; and

(viii) a letter from the hospital stating the date
of birth of the child;

(b) where the child is born at home, be accompanied
by all of the items listed in paragraph (a), and—

(i) an affidavit from a person, other than the
mother or father of the child, who was
present at the birth of the child; and

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Schedule.

Waiver.

Rule 2(b)(ii).

(ii) an affidavit from a person from a category
listed in the Schedule, who knows the child
and has known the mother or father or both,
for a period commencing not less than five
years before the date of the affidavit.

3. The Registrar General may waive any requirement set
out in regulation 2.

SCHEDULE
CATEGORIES OF PERSONS WHO MAY SWEAR

AFFIDAVITS UNDER RULE 2(b)(ii)
Member of Parliament, Mayor, Alderman or Councillor
Marriage Officer licensed to perform marriages in Trinidad and Tobago
Managing Director of a company (endorsement of official stamp is necessary)
Director and Manager of a bank or a company (endorsement of official stamp
is necessary)

Professional (University graduate)
Notary Public or Justice of the Peace
Senior Public Servant (above range 30)
Police Officer (Sergeant and above, in rank)
Fire Sub-Officer and above, in rank
Prison Cadet Officer and above, in rank
Member of the Defence Force (Corporal/Leading Seaman and above, in rank)
Teacher

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78/2003.

Citation.

Entries of birth
may be in Form
in Schedule.
Ch. 44:01.

Regulation 2.

REGISTRATION OF BIRTHS (FORM) REGULATIONS
made under section 54(1)

1. These Regulations may be cited as the Registration of
Births (Form) Regulations.

2. For the purposes of section 14 of the Births and Deaths
Registration Act, the register book of entries of births may be in
the form set out in the Schedule.

SCHEDULE
REPUBLIC OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

FEE EXEMPT FORM FOR REGISTRATION OF BIRTHS
Pin No.:
Given Name(s): Date of Birth:
Other Name(s): Sex:
Place of Birth:

Name of Mother: Name of Father:
Mother’s Former Surname:
Mother’s Previous Surname(s):
(List of other surnames where applicable):

Mother’s Pin No.: Father’s Pin No.:
Occupation: Occupation:
Informant’s Name and Relationship Informant’s Name and
to Child: Relationship to Child:

Registration Date: Registration District:
Name of Registrar: Entry No.:

Issued under my Hand and Seal of Office
this .................. day of ............................, 20...... .

CERTIFIED TRUE AND CORRECT
EXTRACT FROM THE REGISTER OF
BIRTHS HELD BY THE REGISTRAR GENERAL’S
DEPARTMENT, MINISTRY OF LEGAL AFFAIRS
Registrar General

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79/2006.

Citation.

Entries of
deaths may be
in the Form in
the Schedule.
Ch. 44:01.

REGISTRATION OF DEATHS (FORM) ORDER
made under section 54(1)

1. This Order may be cited as the Registration of Deaths
(Form) Order.

2. For the purposes of sections 14 and 41 respectively, of
the Births and Deaths Registration Act, the register book of
entries for deaths and the particulars required to be registered
concerning a death may be in the form set out in the Schedule.

SCHEDULE
REPUBLIC OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

FORM FOR REGISTRATION OF DEATHS

Name: Pin:
Date of Death: Age:
Rank/Profession: Sex:

Name, Address and
Description of Informant:

Country of Birth:

Place of Death:

Cause of Death:

Registration Date: Registration District:
Name of Registrar: Entry No.:

Issued under my Hand and Seal of Office
this .................. day of ............................, 20...... .

CERTIFIED TRUE AND CORRECT
EXTRACT FROM THE REGISTER OF
DEATHS HELD BY THE REGISTRAR GENERAL’S
DEPARTMENT, MINISTRY OF LEGAL AFFAIRS
Registrar General

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