After you give birth to your child the hospital will issue a Live Birth Notification Form. The parents will be given a copy of this and the original is sent by the hospital to the Registrar of Births.
The next step requires one of the parents, if married, or both parents, if you are not married, to go to the Registrar of Births, at the Government Administration Building, Elgin Avenue (Tel: (345) 946 7922) with the Live Birth Notification Form, your marriage certificate (if married) and your passports.
Residents of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman can register their children at the District Commissioner’s Office on Cayman Brac or in Grand Cayman. By law, you must do this within three months of birth.
There is no charge to register your child; however, a copy of your child’s birth certificate from the Registrar of Births will cost CI$10 per copy. Get a few copies as you will need them for everything from registering your child at a school, to proving to the Immigration Department that you really do need a domestic helper! For extra copies after registration see www.ciregistry.gov.ky.
Once you have a birth certificate you can make an application for a passport. Parents are encouraged to apply straight away for a passport and any necessary visas. In the case of an emergency you will all need one. Refer to the Passports section of the Immigration chapter for more information.