Belize Civil Registration

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How to Find Records[edit | edit source]

Online Records[edit | edit source]

Offices to Contact[edit | edit source]

Government of Belize
Vital Statistics Unit
New Road and Hyde's Lane
Belize City
Phone: +(501)-223-5625 / +(501)-223-7405
Fax: +(501)-223-5635

Embassy of Belize
2535 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008-2826

Telephone: (202) 332-9636
Fax: (202) 332-6888
Email: reception.usa@mfa.gov.bz
Vital Statistics Forms has application forms to request a certificate of a birth, marriage, or death through the Embassy of Belize in Washington, D.C.

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

"Vital Statistics Unit (VSU) is a General Registry in Belize that is accountable to register major events such as births, deaths, marriages, adoptions and deed polls... (Margaret, Edwin, 2007). The VSU have two main locations which is in Belize City and in Belmopan...Technology has impacted the performance of VSU and slowly eliminating paper-based to electronic copies."[1]

Coverage and Compliance[edit | edit source]

UNICEF is working to enforce immediate registration of births at hospitals through secure technology. (Williams, 2015).[1]

For additional information about civil registration in Belize, see Civil Registration in Belize, United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Statistics Division.

Information Recorded in the Records[edit | edit source]

Births

Information about child:

  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Name
  • Gender

Information about parents:

  • Name of father
  • Maiden name of mother
  • Occupation
  • Address

Other information:

  • Informant's name, description, address
  • Date of registration
  • Name of Registrar
  • Name, if any, added to registration

Marriages

Information about the bride and groom:

  • Date of marriage
  • Place of marriage
  • Names and surnames
  • Whether under or above age of 21
  • Condition (marital)
  • Rank or profession
  • Residences

Information about fathers:

  • Name and surname
  • Rank or profession

Other information:

  • Names of those who solemnized the marriage
  • Names of witnesses

Deaths

Information about deceased:

  • Race
  • Date of death
  • Place of death
  • Name and surname
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Rank or occupation
  • Cause of death

Other information:

  • Name of medical practitioner
  • Informant's name, description, address
  • When registered
  • Signature of registrar

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Evaluating Customer Service at the Vital Statistics Unit: A Customers’ Perspective, by Ellen Rudon, Danay Chavarria, Zayri Cocom, Nashla Mendez, and Kensworth Williams (University of Belize: Management Information System, University of Belize, 2018), Link to a downloaded pdf of Evaluating the Success of VSU Customer Service, p. 1.