How to Register a Birth at Bedside In Jamaica

Register a Birth at Bedside In Jamaica By Yourself

  1. The Registrar General’s Department is responsible for registering births in Jamaica. You can access their Contact Information, location map and branch details via this link: link. Registered births only receive birth certificates.
  2. The hospital where the birth occurred is responsible for bed-side registration. A Registrar stationed at the hospital collects information from the hospital’s hospital delivery book and physical observation about mothers who gave birth. This information is used to locate and account for all mothers who have given birth and must be registered by a registrar
  3. After the delivery of the child, the assistant or registration officer will visit the Maternity/Labor ward and interview each mother. The information provided by the mother is then compared to the hospital’s birth record.
  4. After verifying the information, the registration officer will record the details of the birth on the registration forms. This includes the following: date and place of birth, doctor or nurse who attended the delivery of the child, as well as the mother’s details and contact numbers for the parents. The informant will be the mother or father who gave birth to the child.
  5. If the parents of the child are not married, the father must sign the A&B registration form. The mother can also sign the form. Within six weeks, the father and mother can complete a Declaration of Paternity to include the father’s details. Your identification documents will be required. Registrations are typically done during visiting hours, when fathers are permitted in the ward.
  6. The Registration Officer will then inform the parents that, if your baby is named in hospital, you will receive one free birth certificate
  7. If you choose to name your child in hospital, you must tell the Registration Officer the exact spelling of the name. Then the registration form will be filled out at line 7.
  8. After paying a registration fee, the mother will be issued with a Certificate of Registry of Birth. This is proof that you have registered. The birth entry number is also included on this certificate.
  9. You can now visit any RDG office with your C-reg and request one copy of your child’s birth certificate for free two months after registration. You can request additional copies for a fee
  10. If the child is not named in the hospital after registration, or the name has been changed, the Registration Officer will issue you a blank Certificate for Naming. The form will be completed by you and you can visit the Registration Centre within six week to name your child.
  11. To name your child, complete the Certificate of Naming. Submit it to the Registration Centre within 6 weeks to 1 year. The name will be entered at line 26 on the registration form
  12. After paying a registration fee, the mother will be issued with a Certificate of Registry of Birth. This is proof that you have registered. The birth entry number is also included on this certificate.
  13. To apply for a birth certificate, visit any RGD office. The fee is listed in the “Fees” section below.

Required Documents For Register a Birth at Bedside

  • Identification documents
  • Certificate of registration
  • Receipt of payment
  • Parents Original Marriage Certificate
  • A letter of authorization must be presented by third party applicants. The letter must include the name, address, and telephone number of the account owner (i.e. The child, parent, spouse or husband. The letter must also be signed by the parent, spouse, or child. It must be certified by the Notary Public/J.P.

Note All photocopied IDs must be certified by J.P.

Find Office Locations and Contacts

Department of the Registrar GeneralTwickenham, St. Catherine
Telephone: 876-749-0550876-619-1260
Website: Link
Contact information and location map: link
Branch details: Link

Other Offices

SAVANNA–LA-MAR Regional Office
Address: 7 1/2 Lewis Street
Telephone: 955-9265 / 955-9002
Fax: 918-3522

MONTEGO BAY Regional Office
Address: 22A 1/2 Humber Avenue (Natural Mystic Plaza).
Telephone: 971-8556 – 8
Fax: 940-3836
Marriage Unit: 971-7387

PORT ANTONIO Regional Office
Address: 19 West Palm Ave
Telephone: 715-5226 / 715-5273
Fax: 715-5150

SANTA CRUZ Regional Office
Address: 3 Jewel Close
Telephone: 966-9096 / 966-9970
Fax: 966-3952

MANDEVILLE Regional office
Address: Shop# G12, 24 Hargreaves Avenue
Telephone: 625-1719-21 / 625-2028-9
Fax: 625-1722

ST. ANNS BAY Regional Office
Address: 5 Windsor Road
Telephone: 794-9550-2
Fax: 794-9506

KINGSTON Regional office
Address: 40 Duke Street Kingston
Telephone: 922-0010-12 / 922-0014 / 922-0036 / 922-0018
Fax: 922-9156

PORTMORE Regional Office
Address: West Trade Way Big Buy PlazaShop# 2
Telephone: 619-1260/749-0550

MAY PEN Regional Office
Address: 10-12 Bryants Crescent, May Pen Clarendon
Telephone: 902-2938
Fax: 986-9101


  • All Jamaican births are eligible for registration


  • For information on birth registration fees, please contact the appropriate authority


  • Birth certificates are valid for life

Processing Time

  • Within one day


All births must registered

  • Ideal: Within six weeks, and less than one-year
  • Within 14 days, the Chief Resident Officer must notify LDR of the birth.
  • Only after you have registered your birth, can you obtain a birth certificate

Requirements Information

  • Place of birth
  • Date of birth
  • Nurse or physician present at the delivery
  • Mother’s details
  • Phone numbers for parents are available.
  • Signatures

You will need the document

  • To obtain the birth certificate for the child named in the certificate, a birth registration certificate must be used

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