The Registrar General’s Department (RGD) is testing an online appointment booking system for its marriage registration service.
The RGD offers private weddings on its premises.
RGD chief executive Charlton McFarlane, speaking recently in an interview with JIS News, said the idea was to do the preliminary processes virtually.
âThe idea behind this is that people can come to our site, make an appointment, download the relevant documents and pay to have their wedding at the RGD. Again, what we are doing is minimizing the need for extensive physical visits to the RGD which would further limit physical contact between people, especially at this time, âMcFarlane said.
âWhat we envision at the end of the day is that the only time the person may need to come is on the wedding day. Right now people may need to come and take meet and hand over the various documents like the marriage license that they need to get from various stakeholders. What we’re looking to do is allow people to do all of that online and come forward and say ” yes ââ, he added.
Couples using the service must bring their witnesses, who must be 18 years of age or older, and brides can choose to wear traditional wedding dresses, complete with veil and bouquet.
All ceremonies are performed by a registrar or marriage agent. The RGD also trains and supervises marriage officers and issues marriage certificates.
Meanwhile, McFarlane reiterated RGD’s commitment to enable secure access to its services.
âAt RGD, we believe we have to play our part because it’s not just about physical distancing and wearing masks, it’s about minimizing the need for movement at least until we can. bring the pandemic under control. We take the leadership role and put tangible things in place by giving people the option of not having to go to RGD for every service they need. It’s also part of us, we continue our bold digital journey, âhe noted.
– JIS News