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Bahamas - Register a Birth

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Introduction

The law requires that a birth should be registered within 21 days from its occurrence at the Births and Deaths Section of the Registrar General’s Department. If a birth has not been registered within 21 days as prescribed by law, you have up to the age of three to register the birth, however after the age of one, an affidavit is required stating the reason for not registering the child sooner. Registration of a birth by a person other than a parent requires an authorisation letter.

Eligibility

Registration of births within 21 days from its occurrence.

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Instructions

  • You must bring the registration card and a valid Government issued picture identification (Passport, Drivers Licence, Voter’s Card)
  • If the child is older than one (1) and younger than (3), an affidavit is required.
  • If parents are not married an affidavit is required to have the father's name on the birth certificate.

Required Information

  • Full Name of the Child
  • Institution where the child is born
  • Date of Birth
  • Father's Full Name
  • Mother's Full Name
  • Mother's Maiden Name
  • Signature of Applicant
  • Email of Applicant

Procedure

To register a birth which takes place within 21 days of occurrence, the following steps should be taken:

  1. Obtain a completed form from the hospital or birthing centre where the child was born.
  2. Submit this completed form to the Births Section of the Registrar General’s Department.
  3. Present a valid photo ID.
  4. The Clerk will enter the birth into the Birth Register.
  5. Copies of the birth certificate are printed for signature by parents and the Registrar General.
  6. After signature by the Registrar General, one original birth certificate is presented to the parent(s) of the child.

To register the birth of an infant who is older than one but under the age of three years, the following steps should be taken. Note: a sworn affidavit explaining the reason for the delay is also required.

  1. Obtain a completed form from the hospital or birthing centre where the child was born.
  2. Submit this completed form to the Births Section of the Registrar General’s Department.
  3. Present a valid photo ID.
  4. The Clerk will enter the birth into the register.
  5. Copies are printed for signature by parents and the Registrar General.
  6. After signature by the Registrar General, one original birth certificate is presented to the parent(s) of the child.

To register the birth of an illegitimate child, the following steps should be taken:

  1. Obtain a completed form from the hospital or birthing centre where the child was born.
  2. Submit this completed form to the Births Section of the Registrar General’s Department.
  3. Present a valid photo ID.
  4. The Clerk will enter the birth into the Birth Register.
  5. Copies are printed for signature by parents and the Registrar General.
  6. After signature by the Registrar General, one original birth certificate is presented to the parent(s) of the child.

Note:

  • All illegitimate children are given the mother’s last name. The father’s surname may be added to the certificate of an illegitimate child as long as a joint affidavit by both father and mother is sworn requesting that the name of the child’s father be recorded in the Register of Births. The affidavit must be presented at the time of the registration.
  • Individuals who would like to register a birth from the Family Islands can submit their documents to the Family Island Administrator who will do the registration. Birth registrations sent in by the Family Islands are recorded at the Registrar General’s Department.

Form to register a birth: http://forms.bahamas.gov.bs/documents/RGD_Births%20Application1.pdf

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Required Documents

  • Duly accomplished form for application of birth
  • Authorization letter if the person is not the parent
  • Valid government issued picture identification
  • Affidavit explaining the reason a child is not registered earlier (for a child under the age of 3)

Fees

Original copy of Birth Certificate is free.

Validity

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e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever

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Processing Time

If all documents are submitted at the time of registration, the process should take about one to three days.

Office Locations & Contacts

Births Registration Section
Registrar General’s Department
Cor. of Shirley and Charlotte Street
P.O. Box N 532
Nassau
New Providence
The Bahamas
Tel. (242) 397-9105/8957/9110
Fax. (242) 322-5553
Email. Regbirth@bahamas.gov.bs
Email. registrargeneral@bahamas.gov.bs

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sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
width = 560, height = 340, Video ID = Can be obtained from the URL of webpage where the video is displayed.
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External Links

http://www.bahamas.gov.bs

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