Initial Birth Registation

Current birth registration

A current birth registration can be done for children born in a medical institution within one year from
the date of birth.
 
a (i) Children born in hospital
Where parents are legally married, and were married before the child was born the following
documents are required:
• Mother and father's national identity cards
• Birth confirmation record from the hospital or clinic
• Marriage certificate
• Only one of the parents can register the child but must bring the national identity card for
the other spouse.
• Where one or both parents are deceased relevant death certificates are required.
Surviving spouse or relatives can register the child as the case may be
 
Where parents are not legally married the following documents are required:
• Mother and father's identity cards
• A birth confirmation record from hospital or clinic
• Both parents must be present to sign a declaration of paternity
• Where one or both parents are deceased relevant death certificates are required.
• Surviving spouse or relatives can register the child, as the case may be.  The surviving
spouse should sign the declaration of paternity
• Single mothers are free to register their children under their maiden name, if the biological
father refuses to acknowledge paternity or his whereabouts are unknown.

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