Tuesday 27 October, 2020

Watch: AGLA continues to roll out Name Insertion project across T&T

Since 2017, the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs (AGLA) has been pushing citizens to have their first names inserted on their birth certificate under the Name Insertion initiative. 

Across Trinidad and Tobago, there are a number of people, young and old, who do not have their first names listed on their birth certificates. 

The AGLA wants to eliminate the use of affidavits and streamline the process in which every citizen has their name on their certificates. The ongoing iniative can be completed at any Registrar General’s Office. The option is also available to carry your father’s last name by inserting his name on your birth certificate as well.

 

Guidelines for Insertion of Given Names: 

Children (0-5 years)

-Original computerised Birth Certificate

-Immunization Card, Baptismal certificate (if any)

-Originals and photocopies of Electoral Identification Card/ Passport of parent

 

Children (6-17 years)

-Original computerised birth certificate and Affidavits

-Immunization Card, Baptismal certificate (if any)

-Letter from the school stating the child’s full name

-Originals and photocopy of child’s passport (if any)

-Originals and photocopies of Electoral Identification Card/ Passport of parent

 

Adults (18 years and over)

-Original computerised Birth Certificate and Affidavits, with necessary Deed Poll

-Originals and copies of two forms of ID (ID Card, Passport, new driver’s permit)

If two forms of ID cannot be provided the applicant should submit their:

a. NIS and Immunization cards, Baptismal certificate (if any)

b. Two affidavits (one from a relative and the other from a non-relative)

-Can authorise a close relative (siblings, parents, husband) to conduct the insertion on his/her behalf. As such the authorised client should provide the necessary documents based on the authoriser’s age bracket/scenario along with:

a. An original authorisation letter from the owner of the birth certificate

b. A copy of a valid form of ID

 

Adults (65 years and over)

-Original computerised Birth Certificate and Affidavits, with necessary Deed Poll and Court Order if any

-Originals and copies of two forms of ID (ID Card, Passport, new driver’s permit)

If two forms of ID cannot be provided the client should submit their:

a. NIS and Immunization cards, Baptismal certificate (if any)

b. Two affidavits, one from a relative and the other from a non-relative who’ve known the applicant for more than 5 years (applicant can also provide a self-sworn affidavits)

-Can authorise a close relative (siblings, parents, husband) to conduct the insertion on his/her behalf. As such the authorised client should provide the necessary documents based on the authoriser’s age bracket/scenario along with:

a. An original authorisation letter from the owner of the birth certificate

b. A copy of a valid form of ID

 

If documents were stolen, lost, destroyed (by fire/ flood), the applicant should provide:

-A report from the relevant Station indicating the incident along with an affidavit from a non-relative

 

Foreign Nationals:

-Can also provide their international Identification card, Passport, Social Security Card,

Green Card and/ Naturalization Certificate which must be notarised.

-Can authorise a relative to conduct the insertion on his/her behalf. As such the authorized client should provide the necessary documents based on the authoriser’s age bracket/scenario along with:

a. An original authorisation letter that has been notarised by a Notary Republic

b. A copy of a valid form of ID

 

If identification used was not issued in Trinidad and Tobago, the copy of the Out of State:

-Identification used must be notarized

-If applicant cannot sign, a thumbprint can be used. This process must be witnessed by a third party. The witness must provide a copy of their ID.

-Expired IDs are accepted once within a year of expiration

 

 

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