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How To Apply For Biometric Birth Certificate Online In Ghana [2023]

With the eServices portal, you can easily apply for a Ghanaian Birth Certificate and get it in 2 weeks.

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A Biometric Birth Certificate is the singularly most important document you need to apply for a Ghanaian Passport; online or offline. Without the birth certificate, you can’t apply for a passport.

For many people who have read our extensive guide on how to get a Ghanaian Biometric Passport in 15 days, the next question that comes up is always: “How do I get a Ghanaian Birth Certificate?”.

As usual, GhanaTechBase.com brings to you the right steps to take to get a Birth Certificate here in Ghana.

What is a Birth Certificate?

According to American Bar, a certified birth certificate is an official government-issued record of a person’s birth, printed on security paper, and includes an official raised, embossed, impressed, or multicolored seal.

Here in Ghana, the Births and Deaths Registry was 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. However, the Registration of Births and Deaths Act of 1965, (Act 301) is the legislation currently in force in the country.

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What documents do you need to apply for a Biometric Birth Certificate in Ghana?

As with any other application online, there is the need to verify your identity and to be sure you are actually the person applying.

In order to do these, you will have to scan some documents and upload them somewhere in the process. These documents are:

  • Your Baptismal Certificate
  • Clinical Weighing/Notification of birth card
  • Old Birth Certificate
  • An affidavit from one of the parents (only minors – those below 18 years)

Step by Step Procedure to apply for a Ghanaian Birth Certificate.

  1. Visit the GhanaGOV website at ghana.gov.gh.
  2. Scroll down and click on the Births, Deaths & Marriages tab.
  3. Select Births and Deaths Registry.
  4. On the next page, scroll down and click on Apply.
  5. A pop-up will show when you select your preferred Births and Deaths Registry Branch/Office and then click on Continue.
  6. Select Late Registration of Birth.
  7. Now select your preferred option and then click on Pay from the above tab.
  8. You will be required to sign up in order to proceed.
  9. On the next page, you will be met with a form. It contains questions that you will need to fill out. Fill out the form as accurately as possible. Some of the required fields on the form are:
    • First Names
    • Last Names
    • Gender
    • Age Group
    • Country of Residence
    • City
    • Mobile Number
    • Education
    • Occupation
    • Primary Email Address
  10. Once you have successfully completed the registration, a confirmation will be sent to the email address. For this reason, it is always advisable you use an address to which you have access to
  11. Click on the confirmation link in the email to confirm your eServices Registration
  12. Next, visit the eServices website again and click on Apply for Birth Certificate or BDR tab.
  13. Read the Instructions Carefully and Select New Applicant to begin.
  14. Carefully fill out the forms and Upload the Required files you have already scanned.
  15. Payment options will be available to you before the entire process can be completed. Use myghpay by GT Bank to make payments on the e-payment platform.
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Price of Birth Certificate in Ghana (Online Application)

It costs GHS 50 to apply for the Ghanaian Biometric Birth Certificate online. If you are applying at your local birth and death registry, the price still remains GHS 50.

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You can use the directions to the birth and death registry in Accra.

Sample Ghana Biometric Birth Certificate.

Sample Ghana Biometric Birth Certificate
Sample Ghana Biometric Birth Certificate

Don’t fall victim to fraudsters. For the manual process, visit your local district office.

Frequently Asked Questions about Biometric Birth Certificate Applications in Ghana.

How do I get an instant birth certificate?

Birth Certificates in Ghana are not processed instantly. It takes anywhere between 3 days to more than a month to receive your birth certificate.

Where can I get a biometric birth certificate in Ghana?

You can apply for the Biometric Birth Certificate online, however, the district and regional birth and death registry deliver it faster.

How can I get my birth certificate online for free?

Applying for a birth certificate online is not free. You can follow the steps here to apply for your Ghanaian Birth Certificate.

How much does it cost to get a birth certificate in Ghana?

For either the online biometric birth certificate or the offline procedure, it costs GHS 50 to apply and get your birth certificate.

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