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Vital Statistics

Domestic Partnership Registration

Who Needs This Registration?
Any two people who are living in a conjugal relationship, and who wish to form a Domestic Partnership, may file a Domestic Partnership Declaration.  The partners can be of same or opposite sex.

Note: This Declaration must be made in the prescribed form and witnessed by one or more persons; see Application Forms & Process, below.

Issuing Department / Agency:
Vital Statistics Office
Service Nova Scotia
Where can you get this Registration  and / or further information?
Phone Vital Statistics Office:  902-424-4381
(or toll-free in Nova Scotia only:  1-877-848-2578
E-mail VSTAT@novascotia.ca
Write P.O. Box 157, Halifax, NS  B3J 2M9  Canada
Visit Vital Statistics Office
300 Horseshoe Lake Drive
Halifax, NS B3S 0B7

Hours:  8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (except Holidays)

Fax 902-450-7311
Website http://www.novascotia.ca/sns/access/vitalstats.asp
Application Forms and Process:
A. Registering a Domestic Partnership:

Step 1) When two people wish to register with the Province as Domestic Partners, they must first fill out an application form called Certificate Application, Domestic Partnership. You can download the form from the Internet, or you can get one by contacting the Vital Statistics Office (see contact information above).

On your application, you (a) request a registration form; and you can also (b) request that a Certificate of Domestic Partnership be mailed to you after your Partnership is properly registered. (Note: there are 2 fees involved here: one for the Registration, and a 2nd for the Certificate.).  For more on those certificates, click here.

Step 2) When you have completed the Application, and paid the proper fees (see Price & Payment, below), you will receive a registration form called the Declaration of Domestic Partnership.

This Declaration can be registered only if both partners meet the following conditions:

1)  Both must be over the age of majority (19 years of age or older);
2)  Both must either (a) be ordinarily resident in Nova Scotia (which means that you have lived in this Province for at least the last 3 months), or (b) own property in the province on the day that the Partnership is registered.
3)  Neither can be currently married; (Note: if either person is divorced or widowed, proof must be provided.)
4)  Neither can be currently involved in another domestic partnership.

Step 3) The Declaration must be: (a) signed by both partners, (b) witnessed by one or more persons, and then (c) returned to the Vital Statistics Office.

If all the proper documents have been submitted, the Domestic Partnership will then be officially registered, and kept on file permanently at the Nova Scotia Registry of Vital Statistics.

If you have requested a Certificate, it will be mailed to you at that time.

B. Terminating a Domestic Partnership:

Please see Additional Information, below.

Waiting Period:

In person:  none

By Mail: 10 business days
Provided that all the items that must accompany the application have been received
(Please allow several extra days for mail delivery.)

Expiry :
This Registration does not expire.
Price and Payment: (No tax is charged)
Registration:   $24.20

Certificate: 
Short form:  $32.05
Long Form:  $38.75

(The Long Form is a certified copy of the original Declaration which is registered with the Province.)  For more information, click here.
Registration of Termination:  $24.20

Proof of Termination:  $32.05

Payment at the Vital Statistics Office:  Cash, Interac debit card, Visa, Mastercard or American Express credit card, or cheque or money order made out to the Minister of Finance.

Payment by Mail:  Visa, Mastercard or American Express credit card or by cheque or money order made out to the Minister of Finance

Related Requirements:
When you wish to register a Domestic Partnership, the following documents must be submitted to the Vital Statistics Office:

1)  Proof of age for each of the partners (birth certificate, baptismal certificate, passport or driver's license);

2)  Proof of residency for each of the partners (Nova Scotia health card or Nova Scotia Drive''s License) or, alternately, proof of current ownership of real property in the province; ("Residency" is defined as living in the province for at least the last three months.)

3)  If either partner is divorced, proof of divorce (certificate of divorce or decree absolute);

4)  If either partner is widowed, proof of death (death certificate, funeral director's statement of death or obituary notice);

5)  A completed and signed Declaration of Domestic Partnership, witnessed by one or more persons.

Additional Information:
Termination of a Domestic Partnership: In Nova Scotia, a Registered Domestic Partnership ends as soon as any one of the following events occur:

1)  The partners live separate and apart for more than a year, and one partner files with the Vital Statistics Office a properly executed form called an Affidavit that Domestic Partnership Ended by One-Year Separation.

2)  The partners enter into a separation agreement, registered with the court, according to the Maintenance and Custody Act. Note: the parties must show proof of such an agreement in order to register the termination of the Domestic Partnership with the Vital Statistics Office.

3)  The partners (together) file a form called Statement of Termination with the Vital Statistics Office.

4)  One of the partners marries some third person.

When any of those events occurs, the Vital Statistics Office will record in the Registry that the Domestic Partnership has been terminated as of a certain date.

The Declaration of Domestic Partnership (with attached notice of Termination) will remain permanently in the Registry.

Legislative Authority:
Vital Statistics Act Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1989, Chapter 494

Last Updated: April 2013

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