The Registrar General's Department was formed for registration of births, marriages and deaths of the populace of Sri Lanka and legal documents pertaining to properties, with a view to safeguarding their fundamental rights.
This Department was initially established in 1864 for the purpose of registration of lands and entrusted with civil registration i . e births, marriages and deaths in 1867.
Civil registration activites have been decentralized upto the Divisional Secretariat level and accordingly a Distric Registrar's division is operating in every Divisional Secretariat.
Land registration process is carried out in district level and 42 land registries have been established for the purpose. The Registrar General's Department is operating under the Ministry of Public Admnistration and Home Affairs.