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Late birth & death registrations to now cost $75

- new fee structure enabled as a deterrent to late registrations in VI
Persons who register both births and deaths outside of the stipulated time will now have to pay a $75 fine as part of a Cabinet-backed increase in fees for the service. Photo: Internet Source
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Persons who register both births and deaths outside of the stipulated time frame will now have to pay a $75 fee as part of a Cabinet-backed increase in fees for the service.

According to Cabinet meeting statements of December 1, 2021, released today, November 9, 2021, Cabinet, “Approved a seventy-five dollar ($75) late registration fee for births and deaths on the basis that the Registration of Births and Deaths Ordinance (Cap 276) of 1959 is sixty (62) years old, and that an increase by five dollars ($5) cannot serve as an adequate deterrent.”

Cabinet also decided, “that the Statutory Rates, Fees and Charges be amended to include the approved fees,” according to the statements.

For births

The previous penalty fee for births, according to information on the Civil Registry and passport office website, was $13. 

To register a birth, the Registrar General must first be notified within twenty-one (21) days of a child’s birth by the hospital spokesperson or any other person (informant) who knows about the birth such as a health care facility officer; nurse, midwife or medical practitioner present when the baby is born.

Guardian has 30 days to complete the registration to avoid a penalty fee, however, there is the option for a guardian to obtain a temporary birth certificate in an emergency if the child needs to travel for medical care. 

For deaths

The death of every person occurring in the Territory and the cause of such death shall be registered by the Registrar in the Register of Deaths.

Within seven days of the death of a person occurring in the Territory, the nearest relatives of the deceased shall complete and deliver to the Registrar, a Death Registration form.

6 Responses to “Late birth & death registrations to now cost $75 ”

  • vip (09/12/2021, 19:05) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Government always working!
  • Vaccine miscarriages (09/12/2021, 22:38) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
    Miscarriages has been thru the roof worldwide since the experiment
    • @Vaccine Miscarriages (10/12/2021, 08:29) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
      I agree. I had a miscarriage after taking the vaccine I was hesitant in taking and honestly regret
      • @@Vaccine Miscarriages (10/12/2021, 08:53) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
        I wish my gf would see this and let me have a kid before she takes it. I don’t wanna go through the same experience as y’all no offense. My brother also had a still born in the uk is girl took the jab. I just hope that it’s reversible and it can wear off over time and everyone can get pregnant again
  • meh (09/12/2021, 23:06) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    honestly, i'm not mad at it. all the taxes and fees are annoying yes but with this one it's just a matter of filling out and submitting forms. do the process the right way and you won't have to pay a penalty. my only thing is that death registration could be a bit more time maybe 10 days instead of 7...
  • Ridiculous (10/12/2021, 07:52) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
    IMHO, people who don’t register within 30 days for whatever reason, may opt not to register at all. How is that good? And why so harsh? It’s more than a 500% penalty. Wikipedia reports 266 live births and 136 deaths for 2015 for the BVIs, so a total of 402 per year. Say 1 in 5 don’t report in less than 30 days, so about 80 births/deaths per year. The penalty ($62 extra) would generate about $ 5,000 in extra fees per year. Even if 90% did not report on time that garners an extra $22,000 or so. BVI budget is about $ 350 million per year, so the extra fees at 90% late reporting works out to be 0.006% of the budget. In case that percentage is hard to grasp, consider that it’s about 6.5 miles from Road Town to Beef Island. 0.006% of that distance works out to about 24-30 steps. How much closer to Beef Island would you feel if you walked that distance towards Beef Island from Govt Building in Road Town. You wouldn’t even get to Village Cay.
    Why not instead increase penalties for non payment of property taxes? A 500% penalty on that would generate a lot more money, and might prompt people to be more diligent about paying them.

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