Guyana Then And Now

September 14, 2017

How To Get Your Guyana Birth Certificate

Filed under: Uncategorized — Pirai @ 3:51 pm

This is a quick guide for persons living outside Guyana to get your local consulate or embassy to retrieve a paper copy of your Birth Certificate from Guyana’s General Registrar’s Office (GRO) and send it by mail to your home street address.

1) Locate a nearby embassy or consulate (Guyana uses the British convention of calling their Embassies a “High Commission”. Here is a list of Guyanese Embassies and High Commissions world wide.

2) Find the link for “Certificates” or “Services” and click that…

Then you should see some instructions such as these from the Ottawa High Commission…

Birth/Marriage/Death Certificates
Application forms for Birth/Marriage/Death Certificates are available at the High Commission.

Completed applications should be forwarded to the High Commission for onward transmission to the Registrar General in Georgetown Guyana. The fee is CD$10.00 in cash or a money order made payable to the “Guyana High Commission, Ottawa”, as well as, $12.00 in Canadian stamps to be included for return of certificate.

The complete processing time is approximately six (6) – eight (8) weeks.

3) Then click on the link for the “pdf” containing the Birth Certificate form. The “pdf” should then be displayed in your browser and from there you can print it out if you have a printer connected to your computer. If you don’t have a printer connected and configured then you’ll have to find someone that does. On the other hand the High Commission should have paper forms they can send you upon request.

4) Fill out the form and send it back including money and stamps to the high Commission or Consulate.

Below is an image of the “pdf” “Birth Certificate Application Form”

Birth Certificate Application Form

This last century paper stuff has got to be more expensive than electronification (I know thats not a official word) and it would be interesting to find out why thats not happening.

I notice that the Stabroek News has a couple of articles where officials claim that digitization of some records have already started, along with requests for funds to process records back to the 19th century. Sounds like obfuscation and cover your behind.

I suspect it would take about one days work for an experienced software engineer to produce a web page that would accept a Birth Certificate Application Form typed in from any phone or computer and another couple of hours to accept electronic payment using a credit card. Making the host computers secure and redundant would take much more time but we could probably live without that. But now you need to ask yourself… What is stopping anyone from requesting and getting a copy of your Birth Certificate using the existing paper system?

You might just want to hoof it on down to the office and submit your application in person or get a friend but… After a brief internet search for the address and location of Guyana’s General Registrars Office it would appear that they are intentionally in hiding.

The office appears to be in the located inside the Main office of the Guyana Post Office Corporation located somewhere on Robb Street, Georgetown. Check this Google maps link.

Over the years several people have inquired for information on Birth Certificates. This one is for you Debbie.



  1. This is a good idea for those who did not bring a copy of their Birth Certificate when they left Guyana or have lost same. However, the fee structure appears wrong. Your charge for mailing same from Ottawa is somewhat high (it’s now .85cents to mail a letter in Canada). Of course who knows when the price will increase? on the other hand, $10. for all the research and effort required in Guyana to duplicate a birth certificate is much too low. I suggest that a more realistic fee should be $20- 25 Cdn dollars..

    Comment by Wilfred Carr — September 14, 2017 @ 6:35 pm | Reply

  2. Could we request birth certificates of our grandparents with this form?

    Comment by Frances Hill — October 4, 2017 @ 11:48 pm | Reply

  3. How can I obtain a death certificate of my paternal grandfather ?

    Comment by Shamdai Persaud Ramphal — January 21, 2019 @ 7:18 pm | Reply

    • Hi Ramdai, did you attend Covent Garden Secondary School? If do you know Beverley Cheong?

      Comment by Brian — March 13, 2019 @ 6:33 am | Reply

  4. It seems that unless you have the exact date of birth, they do not have a search department to use a range. I have been trying for years, Guyana is way behind the rest of the world. I wish everyone luck with the archaic system.

    Comment by Angela — January 25, 2019 @ 7:02 pm | Reply

    • I agree with you Angela. I was in Guyana July 2017, and went to the Post Office for copies of birth certificates. The line to get in stretched down the sidewalk, and inside the office, people were stuffed like sardines in a can. My cousin who lives in Guyana was with me, she remarked it’s like that everyday. I abandoned my effort.

      Comment by Mark Melville — February 2, 2019 @ 6:53 pm | Reply

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