Vital statistics records from Guyana are not reliable. All civil documents issued
by the General Register Office (GRO), including birth and marriage certificates, are
hand written and lack modern security features. Following guidance from the Government
of Guyana, those documents issued prior to 2010 are particularly vulnerable to fraud.
Civil documents regularly contain errors (e.g., record verification requires a manual
search of the approvable ledger at the GRO). Efficient searches require the place
and date on which the registration occurred. The approximate date of, and errors on,
documents often makes it virtually impossible to validate marital status. Counterfeit
documents (birth certificates, in particular) are seen regularly.