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by Sheree-Anita Shearer | Associate Writer
Whether or not you grew up in Jamaica, you have a Jamaica birth certificate as long as you were born here. Applying for a birth certificate is quite simple, especially if you live on the island. But what if you need a copy and you aren’t living here what are your options then?
You will be glad to know there are ways to get your birth certificate without coming to Jamaica.
The Registrar General’s Department is responsible for handling and registering vital records including births, deaths, adoptions, marriages and deed polls.
You can get a certified copy from the Registrar General’s Department for yourself or your family as long as he/she was born in Jamaica. This can be done online or at physical locations.
As are many other services today, you can apply for your birth certificate online as well. To use this method, however, you will need the birth entry number. In Jamaica, these are the two letters and four numbers listed at “#3” in the top corner of the new birth certificates. If you have an older version, just look for two letters and three or four numbers on your birth certificate.
To apply manually, the completed form and money order payable to the RGD should be mailed to the RGD headquarters in Twickenham Park, St. Catherine.
There are two services available to citizens living abroad the 6 weeks and expedited services where you get your birth certificate within 7-10 working days.
A family member or friend could also apply manually for you here in Jamaica at any RGD location. This might prove to be the faster option as in Jamaica, you can get your birth certificate back in less than a week (3-4 days), for expedited service. You can then consider international couriers like FedEx or DHL to get it to you abroad.
In Jamaica, it can take as little as three to four business days for you to get your birth certificate. There is also another service where you will get your birth certificate back in 7 to 10 days, this is the most common option.
The standard option could see you waiting up to 6 weeks to receive your new birth certificate.
Can I get a Jamaican Birth Certificate online?
Yes, a Jamaica certificate is available online. The RGD website has all the fees and forms you’ll need.
Should the topic of your ancestry arise, how do you prove your Jamaican citizenship? You would do this by using your birth certificate.
If your name is incorrect on your birth certificate, then you have one of two options, A Correction of Error or late entry of name application. It is best to speak with a Customer Service Representative for guidance on the correct procedures and services available to you.
It is not a court process and the application forms are available online
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