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Why do I have to pay for the birth registry’s error? (letter to the editor)

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Dear Editor:
There is a topic I would like to  talk about: the errors on birth certificates.

My daughter’s name is not on her birth certificate. Why? I don’t know. I know I did everything needed to be done. Now I have to go pay lawyer or $50 to $500 to have her name written on her birth certificate.

In the hospital I gave her name, she was not even born yet. I gave birth registry her name as well. Getting her baptised, I gave her name, and today I have to pay for government’s error. So why do I have to pay for a government paper?

Even my mom having troubles because her name is wrong. Is this a way for government to make money or a way to remind us of the nameless slaves in the 15th to 16th century?

N.O.

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43 comments

  1. Well it's not the workers who are incompetent.
    They simply were not putting any names on the birth certificates...i never understood why...they say alot of children did not have names at the time of their birth. But mind you St Lucia can issue you a passport with the bitth certificate without a name...what insanity is this...immigration denying you status immediately with these documents...another thing they do they put a stamp on the date that they issue the birth certificate ..immigration interprets that to mean that this was the day the child was registered ...that's crazy ...make sure your documents are rectified before you send them out.

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  2. Michelle in Miami

    Do they still type the birth certificates instead of printing from a computer? When you have a baby in the states, someone comes to your hospital room and types in the information on a laptop. They let you verify that the information is correct. It's then downloaded to department of statistics.

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  3. Need help obtaining birth certificate from st. Lucia need phone number, mailing address. Thank you.

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  4. Need my birth certificate living in the U.S. want to send for it in St. Lucia but don't have phone number or mailing address. Need help getting the information how to do it. Thanks.

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  5. Just another of the many ills of our society we need to address instead of giving the leaders clout to jerk us about. Let's stand as one, especially those who are articulate to assist those who are less articulate.

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  6. Really they are making persons pay when they can just do their job properly

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  7. I think they should fire the person typing out those names or not putting then in. Because it's obvious that they can't spell and they have memory loss.

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  8. You I don't mind paying the $50 if the service was good. Was doing a rectification on behalf of my mom who is elderly and lives in the south of the island. Provided all the information which was requested, she came up to be screened and was promised everything would be settled within one week. 5 months later and several visits to the registry rectification is still pending.

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  9. just a money makein

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  10. Elsa is a heartless hag for calling people ignorant. You mean all the rectification errors are the people's fault? She must be one of them registry workers yelling next and only looking at the clock to take two hour lunches. Smh. These are vital records and the government is lapse in dealing with this issue. I have seen people crying at that place and Elsa has the heart to say $50 less than a show ticket?

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  11. we need to be careful when we go to the registry. some ppl hv surnames and don't know how they get it.some ppl using their father surname and their kids using the mother surname. at times parents don't register their children birth, they dont spell the name properly because they hear the name on tv and the name have a crazy ass spelling, when they go to the registry they tell the ppl to spell it how they want, i have honestly bore witness to that.persons need to evaluate their situation because you need to first trace ur identity before u come to the registry. get ur facts straight know ur family by their registered name not their name in the 'savann.' at times it's also the fault of workers in the registry but if the error is caused by staff i think the government is responsible to rectify the error but if the error is traced back to the individual then i think the person is fairly responsible.

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  12. I am yet to understand why I have to be the one to pay the fees attached with this rectification nonsense.

    If its mandatory that the child's name be on the Birth Paper, then why print the document when its clear there won't be a name ??

    Do these government officials sincerely believe there are nameless individuals roaming about the island like they're part of the bloody sequel to Jackie Chan's "Who am I ?"

    To make matters worse I need an affidavit filled out by both parents. Are you kidding me ?
    This is the WORLD ! Some people don't have fathers in their lives !

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    • I feel your frustration can u believe my birth certificate doesn'thhave my name on it so it's totally useless i have to use my baptismal paper and it has a different birthdate from my I.D card and birth certificate so i can't get a new passport i can't get any documents i was told to go to the hospital to find my correct birthdate but even if i do my name is still not on my birth certificate choopz

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  13. Where are the human rights activists when the state is abusing power like this and taking advantage of every day Saint Lucians?! We are being cheated, extorted and robbed daily by state run entities like the civil status registry and there is no recourse. Who do we turn to?

    Are we to believe that abuse of the state is only limited to physical abuse by police???!!!!! OH THIS COUNTRY WE LIVE IN!!!

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  14. I had the same problem with mine they were the one who spelt my dad name wrg on my BC an now they tellin me I have to pay $50 to change it I told them how's me tat have to pay for der mistake cause every thin else I gave them his name is spelt correctly just mine BC his name spelt wrg . They insist I have to pay to change tat unfair towe all they have to do just change it we don't have to pay $50 for der mistake the government must look in to tat cause we can't be payin for it is either they send they an der home or they do they wrk properly

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  15. No one should have to pay for mistakes made by government workers. That is a rip off on poor people. The government should straighten out this mess for free.

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  16. You the people of Saint Lucia must come together and protest bring attention to these unprofessional workers in Government offices. Why should any one gas to pay for the governments' mistakes. It is absolutely unjust and unfair.

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  17. What ever name they put or how they spell it dats what I using. To hell with that

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  18. I have a simple name for 40 years I got a new birth certicifacte. There's only 5 or 10 words on a birthcerfiticate. But they put an e at the end of my name. I waited 6 months for it.
    I have an idea why not let the applicant type up there own birth certificate and the illiterate people in the department can play spot the difference.
    Or hire people that don't use their phone every 5 mins and can read and write.
    If they got a job in the private sector they wouldn't last a day. But the government supervisors love to tolerate foolishness.
    While I am on the subject we the people of st.lucia can make a difference. Stop blaming the priminster.

    This is serious if you want things to be better we have to work together and stop the blame game

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  19. Fire all of these incompetent workers in the registry and hire ppl willing to work honestly n make an honest living. Its a money making scam n all the lawyers on island and all government ministers and officials are well aware of it... "better days" remember that? Scratch my back n I'll scratch yours.

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  20. There are some registry errors, however not all the of the mistakes are the clerks fault. Sometimes Parents don't name their children before registering them so their name would not be entered on the birth certificate. In some instances the parents wait over a year to register their children. Also at the baptism the parents give their children a different name to what as given at the hospital. Errors date back to the priests. We were 7x French and 7x British. The priests each had their own spelling variations in names.

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  21. ELSA, y is it after I paid a lawyer $700 for a rectified which was done and I received an amended birth certificate, a REGISTRY STAFF for her pleasure decided she had all authority to go and cross out the amendment(WHICH WAS NOW CORRECT), and rewrite the WRONG INFORMATION which was initially what caused the rectification to be done?

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  22. It right some person making children and they can't remember they date of birth going to baptism theygiving Qantas they want and they said is the registrar error good thing I have no problem my mother would read

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  23. aloysius sylvestre

    I pity all those who have had to go through the birth certificate issues regarding name corrections and changes due to no fault of theirs.In the year 2000 on the actual day that my son was born,I was asked to submit his name to the hospital's office which I did.I specifically asked for paper and pen then I wrote the name in block letters with the best of care and clarity.I told the nurse that my reason for being so careful was to avoid the problem of not having to make future financially costly corrections where errors are concerned. My son's name is RIQUELME TREVEZ SYLVESTRE but when the registrar's document got to me to my surprise the Name read RACQELMA TRAWAZ SYLVESTER.Boy was I pissed because upon trying to get him a birth certificate from the registry it was problems.Persons now have the reprieve of $50 but @ that time I don't have to tell you how much we had to pay to get the corrections done.I think its time that shit like that become history and so should those who over see it.

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  24. Mine has two different dates of birth, one on the baptismal certificate and a different one on the BC...STUPIDOS! It's a money making business.

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  25. My friend has a nameless child in school, the parents are on there buther name is blank...refuse to pay, they wa t the birth certificate correct then a get competent staff, and b do it for free. In fact I remember the government being given money by the oecs or someone to rectify these mistakes and register everybody properly...double counting/taxation...

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  26. Really , the relevant officials DID NOT SEE there was no name on the birth certificate when the stamped and sealed it ????? BULLSHIT

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  27. Real marjee....it's High time the govt pays for this....how can we pay for something that isn't our fault...such is life

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  28. Your daughter's name is not her birth certificate because when you went to register her despite the name on the birth paper, for reasons known to you, you did not put the name on the birth book. Don't forget that you signed a book before leaving and saw the record.

    And you do not have to pay a lawyer $500.00 the rectification fee is only $50.00.

    We buy tickets for shows for a lot more than that.

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    • Elsa is sutiwez like you that enabling this nonsense going on. So many people are complaining the same problem. Somebody needs to make an executive decision to fix this mess once and for all for everyone.

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      • That's because Lucians are so ignorant, more they explain, more they're not understanding. The government cannot just rectify your'll documents. As the birth is now recognized as the official document we are seeing all the errors in the system. Lucians have too many alias and don't read. So now it's peter paying for paul.

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        • Elsa how dare you call people ignorant, I pray you are not one of the "friendly" workers at the Registry.....

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        • Why must peter pay for paul when the repercussions are so dire. You have people overseas who need to renew their passport who cannot travel because they have to fix problems on their birth certificate. Yall lack compassion and like to defend too much majee. The current system is primitive if birth records of citizens have so many errors. This is of NATIONAL importance and no one should have to pay for that crap

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    • This Bull SHIT - U write the name n they still make mistake -$50 .00 is a lot to some of us n not all of us go to show

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  29. this is a serious issue which has not be taken into consideration at all. I would also like to know why so many name errors. who is at fault. my birth certificate had no names, when the white one had. my mother's own had errors in the name. my sister's own had no names as well.
    when they changed to this "new green" birth certificate a lot of errors and issues. because how is it my names were on my white birth certificate but now its not on the green one. I had to check a lawyer.

    I think this is suspicious. some governing body needs to check this.

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  30. lol, the ministers including the PM are lawyers , so they gain with those foolish mistakes and will never change the law to help us poor people. All lawyers in loosha filthy rich. Its our fault. STOP voting for lawyers to sit in government. They can amend laws but will they amend it to make less money? never. Those guys don"t care about you and I.

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  31. It's been a while I'm saying that's crap. We shouldn't be paying for mistakes done by the registry. I think its a money making thing.

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  32. DA $500.00 U HAVE TO PAY.PLEASE CHECK DA LAWYER ST.CATHERINE HE'S CHEAPER THAN THAT.

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    • one should not have to pay a lawyer for government workers carelessness. correct infor was given all they hav to do is enter it in the system and print it out. why should anyone have to pay for their faults. total B.S

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  33. PLEASE CAN U CHECK DA LAWYER ST.CATHERINE HE HAS DA BEST PRICE N HE'S CHEAPER.LESS THAN DA $500.00 THANK U.

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  34. IKr, before the adjudicator came in the system, I paid a lawyer $700 to get a rectification done; put my name and correct my mother'sname since they gave their own surname on the birth certificate, that was in 2007. Last year, 2013, for some reason I could not get that birth certificate in the house; and so went to the registry to get one; knowing that I should have no problems since $700 had rectified it in 2007.
    Going to the office July last year, upon requesting a copy of the birth certificate, I was told that I had to go upstairs Y de Lima blah blah blah. Am telling the clerk that I don't need to because I had already done a rectification 4 years ago, she insisted, but I just would not. I mean why did I give a lawyer $700, to adjust my birth certificate? Anyway I was asked to get a copy of the rectification from the lawyer, which I agreed and got. Going back to the registry they showing my the big old book, they're showing me the rectification was done and some smart lady crossed out the correction and put back the error,SMH. Now I had to go to this office and that office, make calls here and there, for what?? Government staff error and carelessness. Mind you, I still had to pay for that certificate I was now trying to get. After a week I got it without going to adjudicator my foot.
    Seriously something really needs to be done in all Government offices. Sry to hear of all the sad stories caused by incompetent government lazy staff.

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    • These are some of the same people crying about the 5% pay cut. Some of them need to be cut out of the system, lazy incompetent office workers. Sadly, this has gone on for over forty years. Some of them rude as well.

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