—(1) Except as otherwise provided in this section and subject to section 23, every registrar shall, upon receiving an application therefor and upon payment of the prescribed fees, furnish to any person applying for it a certified extract of any entry in any register, other than a register of still births, in his charge.
(2) Every such application shall be made to the registrar of the local registration area in which the birth or death was registered, and shall be made on the form prescribed for that purpose.
(3) When an application for a certified extract has been made in accordance with this section, it shall be lawful for the registrar to refuse to furnish such extract if and so long as —
the particulars given in the application form are incomplete or inadequate or in his opinion inaccurate;
for any reason it appears to him that an entry found upon search cannot with certainty be connected with the person in respect of the registration of whose birth or death the certified extract is applied for; or
the birth has been registered subsequent to the commencement of this Act and the name of the person in respect of whose birth the extract is applied for has not been registered:
Provided that in every such case the registrar shall furnish in writing to the person applying for the extract the reason for his refusal.
(4) When a registrar has refused to furnish a certified extract under this section, the person applying for the extract may appeal to the Registrar-General and from him to the Minister, whose decision shall be final, on the ground that he has supplied sufficient information to enable the registrar to furnish the extract; and the Registrar-General or the Minister may thereupon direct the registrar to make further search.
(5) Every copy or extract of any entry in any register at each local registration area certified under the hand of the registrar for that area for the time being to be a true copy or extract shall, subject to the limitation provided in section 23(3), be prima facie evidence in all courts and before all tribunals of the dates and facts set forth in such copy or extract:
Provided that this subsection shall not apply to any copy or extract of any entry in which the name of the person born has not been registered.