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Queries can be made Monday - Thursday between the hours 8am - 11:30am.
Marriage Licences can be uplifted Monday - Friday between 8am - 10am ONLY

Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.s)

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I apply for a Birth/Death/Marriage Certificate from the General Register Office?
  • What are the fees and how can I pay?
  • How long will my postal application take?
  • I can't come to your office in person, can someone get a Certificate there on my behalf? 

Marriage

  • How do I give notification of intention to marry? 
  • Number/age/sex/nationality etc. of witnesses to a marriage.
  • Can we get married other than in a church or Registry Office ?
  • Foreign Divorces.

How do I apply for a Birth/Death/Marriage Certificate from the General Register Office?

To apply for a Birth/Death/Marriage Certificate you must;

  • Go to any Post Office, purchase a BirthDeath/Marriage Certificate form and fill it in
  • Give the completed form back to the Post Office Clerk
  • Pay the processing fee of G$300 at any Post Office, this is the cost of one copy.

The Certificate would then be posted to you. Should you have a query or not receive the certificate, please enquire at the General Register Office, Anna Regina or New Amsterdam.

What are the fees and how can I pay?

The processing fee of G$300 at any Post Office, this is the cost of one copy.

The Certificate would then be posted to you. Should you have a query or not receive the certificate, please enquire at the General Register Office, Anna Regina or New Amsterdam.

How long will my postal application take?

Once you would have submitted your application by post via a Post Office branch, the application usually takes about three (3) weeks.

I can't come to your office in person, can someone get a Certificate there on my behalf?

Yes, someone cansubmit your application by post via a Post Office branch.

How do I give notification of intention to marry?

  • Uplift a Marriage Permit Application Form
  • Birth certificates for both persons (the original and a photocopy)
  • Picture Identification, passport or national identification card and a copy of the original
  • If divorced, an updated absolute. If widow/widower, an original Death certificate and a copy of it
  • Revenue stamp ($50)
  • When the marriage officer or petitioners have completed the form including the signature of the couple to be marry and the two witnesses. A Justice of the Peace Commissioner of Oaths must sign and notarize the form
  • The form must then be taken to the General Register Office, G.P.O Bldg, Robb and Hinks Street, G/Town by both parties. They must walk along with their picture, ID and birth certificates (as well as copies of them) and a $50 revenue stamp.
  • A date will be given by the Marriage Clerk to them to return for the marriage permit
  • To uplift the permit u must walk with passport or identification card .
  • When the marriage permit is collected it must be returned to the marriage officer and plans for wedding must be finalized. The wedding must be held before 90 days from the date of issue on the licence , it will not be valid after that period.

Number/age/sex/nationality etc. of witnesses to a marriage.

From age eighteen (18) you can get married, under eighteen years, consent must be given from parent/parents depending on his/her birth certificate regardless of their nationality. If a marriage is being done at GRO, two (2) witnesses are required.

Can we get married other than in a church or Registry Office ?

Yes, it’s the persons perogative as to where they would like to be married, as long they are married by a certified marriage officer.

Foreign Divorces.

Once you were legally married and have been divorced, you are required to walk with both original and a photo copy of the Absolute, whether it was done overseas or in Guyana. If the person was born in Barbados, that person needs to bring a Non-Marital Certificate if they have never been married.