The Registrar General's Department (RGD) offers private weddings at an affordable cost; you have a choice of venue: an indoor decorated office at all RGD locations or an outdoor secluded garden at our Head Office.
All ceremonies are performed by a Civil Registrar or Marriage Officer. RGD is ideally suited for wedding ceremonies as the Agency trains and supervises Marriage Officers and also issues certificates of Marriage Registers.
A Deed Poll is a legal document that allows an individual to assume a new name and provides documentary evidence of the name change.
A Deed Poll can be used to:
- change one’s first name or surname;
- to add names;
- change the entire name;
- rearrange the current name;
- or simply change the spelling of one’s name.
What is the purpose of a Deed Poll?
To get all your documents and records (e.g. your medical records, bank account, credit cards, passport, drivers licence etc) changed to show the new name on the Deed Poll, you must produce the documentary evidence of your change of name, i.e. the Deed Poll.
A Deed Poll works in the same way as a marriage certificate for a married woman who wishes to take her husband's surname. She writes to everyone that has her name on records, enclosing her marriage certificate as documentary evidence, and requests that her surname is changed to her husband's. After changing your name by Deed Poll, you simply write to everyone, enclosing your Deed Poll as documentary evidence, and request that your name be changed to the new name shown on it.
Who can apply for a Deed Poll?
Any individual over the age of 18 years can conduct a deed poll on their own behalf. For minors, a deed poll can be done if both parents, or the individuals claiming parental responsibility for the child, give the consent to do so. Additionally, if a woman is legally married, she requires the consent of her spouse to have a deed poll done.
Deed Poll Procedure for Local Customers
- Interview is held
- Not all application warrants a Deed Poll – referral can be made to do Status, CE, LEN accordingly
- Documents required: Birth certificate (Photocopies will not be accepted)
` Adoption (if applicable)
Citizenship (if applicable)
Marriage(s) (if applicable)
Divorce(s) (if applicable)
Valid picture ID or passport size picture signed by JP
- Application is completed and customer pays according to service type, then collects as per service time
- Express – (3 to 4 Days pick up) $7500
- Seven to Ten Days - (7 to 10 Days pick up) $6000
- Ordinary - (30 Days pick up) $5000
- Draft is completed and vetted by the manager to meet service time
- Customer reads and signs the application
- Instruction explained and given to customer
- Customer to sign draft in the presence of Justice of the Peace
- Stamp Office – For draft to be stamped (111 Harbour St, Downtown Kingston)
- Return draft to the RGD for recording at the Island Record Office (IRO)
Birth only Birth & Marriage
- Express – (3 to 4 Days pick up) $4500 $5000
- Seven to Ten Days - (7 to 10 Days pick up)$3000 $3500
- Ordinary - (30 Days pick up) $2000 $2500
(Any additional documents accompanying the birth and marriage certificates for the recording process, incurs a cost of $500 each)
If applying on someone’s behalf, you will need:
- An Authorization letter , signed by JP
- The letter then goes to the Stamp Office.
- Letter recorded at the IRO (RGD)
(This process is to be completed before step 4 can begin)
Deed Poll Procedure for Overseas Customers
The entire process is carried out by the officer; drafting, sending draft to stamp office and forwarding to IRO for recording and dispatch.
- Cost is $201US payable by means of an International Money Order or British Postal Order payable to the Registrar General’s Department
- A letter addressed to The Chief Executive Officer, Registrar General’s Department (RGD), Twickenham Park, Spanish Town, St. Catherine, requesting a DEED POLL. The letter should clearly state the name change required.
- Documents as stated in step 3 above (Copy of valid ID Notarized or signed by Consul/Vice Consul/Jamaica High Commissioner)
- The draft is completed and sent off to the customer with the overseas instruction
- Customer to sign draft in the presence of the Notary/Consul/Vice Consul/ Jamaica High Commissioner
- Notary/Consul/Vice Consul/ Jamaica High Commissioner to sign and seal draft
- Return signed draft to the RGD
If applying on someone’s behalf:
- An authorization letter is needed, which is to be signed by Notary/Consul/Vice Consul/ Jamaica High Commissioner.
- The letter then goes to the Stamp Office.
- Letter recorded at the IRO (RGD)
(This process is to be completed before Deed Poll is drafted)
A Genealogical Research is an investigation to discover a person’s family background that gives historically information about the family lineage. The Research can tell a story about a family and provide factual evidence on the cause(s) of death through generations. It can identify the actual origin of a family and discover family members that are unknown. The Registrar General’s Department offers Genealogical Research at an affordable cost to all persons interested in identifying their family history.
Have you ever wondered about the meaning of your last name or where your family came from, what your great-great grandparents did or where they lived? Do you have a little knowledge about your family history, a few old documents and an overwhelming curiosity? Well this is what you should do:
- Collect all the records you can – birth, marriage, death or adoption certificates, deed polls or any other documents.
- Interview the relatives you have contact with for information on family history. You can start with your parents.
How is the research done?
All persons interested in using the Genealogical Research facility are required to complete an application form. The applicant will indicate the number of generations they wish to include in the search (how far back they want to go) names, places and dates of birth, places and dates of death, and places and dates of marriage, for as many parents, grandparents and great grandparents. The RGD Research Unit will subsequently carry out its investigations by conducting interviews, visiting previous residences, visiting final resting places, checking RGD’s records database (repository of indices of all vital events) and conducting other index searches.
A Genealogical Research may be conducted and results are prepared within 4 weeks of payment. To trace one’s family history, the applicant must ensure that the application form is accurately completed and as much information that is available is provided to the Research unit. At the end of the search the applicant will receive, via email or mail, a report of all the findings. A family tree, which is a graphical structure of the family line, can be provided at an additional cost, and a family member’s certificate can be purchased for events occurring before 1879.
YOU WILL NEED TO PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:
- Names of parties
- Parish of births
- Approximate dates of births or deaths
- Names of brothers or sisters or other relatives
- Spouses’ names
- District of residence
- Parishes of residence
WHY SHOULD AN INDIVIDUAL OR GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS WANT TO CONDUCT A SEARCH?
- Satisfying an inherent desire to know “Who am I?” and “Where Did I come from?”
- Determining a relationship to some historical person, to some member of the nobility or to famous persons such as movie stars and athletic personalities.
- Extending and re- connecting family units, which have been fragmented and separated
- Educating young people by bringing history to life
- Tracing causes of deaths through generations in order to assist in medical research
The Registrar General's Department has a mobile team which is responsible for taking the services of the Agency across the island of Jamaica. The team was introduced to the Jamaican public on December 1, 2002 and since that time has conducted over 700 outreaches islandwide. The unit provides convenient and efficient customer care, by making our services easily accessible to customers especially those who reside and operate in remote areas of the island.