BACKGROUND TO BIRTHS AND DEATHS REGISTRATION IN GHANA
Vital registration in Ghana (the Gold Coast) began as far back as 1888. However, at its inception, it was limited to the registration of deaths. It was not until 1912 that the registration of births was introduced. The registration system has gone through a series of transformations, just as the law establishing it has seen a number of amendments. All this was aimed at improving upon the final delivery of the system
Starting as the Cemeteries Ordinance of 1888, it was first amended in 1891. In 1912, it became the Births, Deaths and Burials Ordinance, which was once again amended in 1926. This was finally replaced with the Registration of Births and Deaths Act of 1965, (Act 301) which is the legislation currently in force. The Births and Deaths Registry was therefore established by the Act 301 of 1965, within the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, to handle and develop the births and deaths registration system in Ghana. Its core business is to Provide accurate and reliable information on all births and deaths occurring within Ghana for Socio-economic development of the Country through their registration and certification.
The vision of the Registry is to attain universal births and deaths registration in Ghana
The Births and Deaths Registry exists to provide accurate, reliable and timely information of all births and deaths occurring within Ghana for the Socio-economic development of the country through their registration and certification.
- Legalization of registered Births and Deaths.
- Storage and management of births and deaths records/ registers
- Issuance of Certified Copies of Entries in the Registers of Births and Deaths upon request.
- Effecting corrections and insertions in the Registers of Births and Deaths upon request
- Preparation of documents for exportation of the remains of deceased persons
- Processing of documents for the exhumation and reburial of the remains of persons already buried.
- Verification and authentication of births and deaths certificates for institutions, especially the foreign missions in Ghana.
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