Adoption is the permanent legal transfer of parental rights and responsibilities for a child from the natural birth parents to another adult known as the adopter. Once an adoption is complete at the Supreme Court, the information is forwarded to the Registrar General’s Department and recorded in the Adoption Book. A certified adoption certificate can be obtained at the Registrar General’s Department.


There are no eligibility criteria for this service.

  1. Provide the following information at the Birth’s Section of the Registrar General’s Department - the name of the adopted child, year of adoption, name of adopting parents.
  2. The clerk will check the adoption register for the person’s information.
  3. If found, the information is printed on a certificate and signed by a senior officer. You will then receive the certified adoption certificate.

Note: At this time, this service is only provided in New Providence and Grand Bahama at the Registrar General’s Department.

Application Form(s) 

There is no application form for this service.

Supporting Documents 

No supporting documents are required for this service.

Turn-around time 
An adoption certificate can be obtained on the same day or after three days if the information is not found in the adoption registry.
There are no deadlines for this service.
Related Fee(s) 

A fee of BS$7.00 is charged for this service.

For more information please contact 

Births Registration Section
Registrar General’s Department
Cor. of Shirley and Charlotte Street
P.O. Box N 532
New Providence
The Bahamas
Tel. (242) 397-9105/8957/9110
Fax. (242) 322-5553


Opening Hours: 9:30am to 4:00pm, Monday to Friday, except on Public Holidays.

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Agency Contact Info
Registrar Generals Department
Shirley House
#50 Shirley Street
P. O. Box N-532
Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas
Phone: (242) - 397-9143-58
397-8953 397-9178
Fax: (242) - 322-5553
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