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Applying for a Birth Certificate


A birth certificate is an official certified copy of the registration data relating to the birth of a child. It is used as a document to assist in establishing an individual's identity. Birth Certificates are required for many purposes, such as acquiring a passport, driver's permit, marriage licence and school enrolment.




How can I obtain a Birth Certificate?

You can apply for a birth certificate in person or by mail. Birth certificates can only be issued to individuals who have had their birth registered. Please follow the link below for information on how to register a birth.

 

Registering a Birth

 

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How do I apply in person?

You can apply in person at any of the offices, sub-offices or TTPost Outlet locations listed on page 2 of the application form.  Application forms can be obtained by following the link below.

If you apply for the computer-generated birth certificate at the Registrar General's Office, Port of Spain or at the sub-office in San Fernando you will receive the certificate on the same day of the application providing all information is verified as accurate. If you apply at any of the other sub-offices it will take a little longer.

 

Birth Certificate Application Form

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How do I apply by mail?

If you are applying by mail, you must visit a designated TTPost outlet and complete an application form, providing all relevant information with respect to the application.  For information on which TTPost Outlets offer this service, please see page 2 of the application form or contact the Registrar General's Office using the information provided at the end of this page.  Application forms can be obtained by following the link below.

Birth certificates are delivered to applicants through secure post.  Incomplete application forms will be returned unprocessed.

 

Birth Certificate Application Form

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How much does a Birth Certificate cost?

The first issue of a computer-generated birth certificate is free of charge to each person. Each additional copy costs TT$25.00.

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Where can I find more information?

Registrar General's Office
Registration House
South Quay
Port of Spain
Trinidad, West Indies
Tel. (868) 624-1660
Opening hours: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays.

Registrar General's Department

Caroline building No2,

#11 Hamilton Street,

Scarborough
Tobago, West Indies
Tel. (868) 639-3210/1330
Fax. (868) 639-2505
Opening hours: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays.

You can find more information on any of the following topics on the Ministry of Legal Affairs' website using the link provided below:
  • Registering a Birth
  • Approval for Late Registration of Birth (after one year)
  • Certification of District Registrar's Certificate of Registration for Births
  • Issue of Birth Certificate
  • Search for Birth Records 

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