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Birth Certificates

Vital Statistics issues both short and long form birth certificates. To be sure you are requesting the correct one, contact the organization that requires the certificate to confirm what they require.

A long form birth certificate is required for passport applications for anyone under 16 years of age. For married women, birth certificates are issued in their maiden name.

If you are requesting a birth certificate for someone other than yourself or your child, you will need to ensure you are eligible to request one. Birth certificates will only be issued to:

  1. the person to whom the birth record pertains
  2. parents of a child (as shown on the birth record)
  3. a person on the written authorization of a) or b) above (proof of identification of a or b is required)
  4. a lawyer who specifically states they are acting in a client/lawyer relationship with a or b above
  5. the executor or trustee of an estate, for the purpose of currently settling the estate (proof of executor/trustee is required)
  6. a guardian (proof of guardianship is required)
  7. a person who requires it in connection with a petition for adoption (confirmation of adoption application is required). Please submit an "Acknowledgement of Receipt of Notice of Proposed Adoption" document.

If we receive a request for a certificate that does not meet these requirements, we may request further information for confirmation. Your payment will be refunded if you are not eligible to receive the certificate.

Short Form Birth Certificate

The short form birth certificate is the most frequently requested. It is used for school registration, passport (ages 16 and above), social insurance numbers, driver's licenses, etc.

It includes:      

  • surname and given name
  • date of birth
  • place of birth
  • sex
  • registration date
  • registration number
  • date issued

Long Form Birth Certificate

The long form birth certificate contains all of the information found on the short form birth certificate plus the parents' names and their birthplaces.

It includes:

  • surname and given name
  • date of birth
  • place of birth
  • sex of child
  • name of parents
  • birthplace of parents
  • registration date
  • registration number
  • date issued

Indicate accents on your certificate

If your name or address contains any French characters or symbols they can be included. If your last name (surname), first name or middle name(s) contain any French characters or symbols as shown on your original birth registration, please indicate this by checking the applicable box on the online application form.

You may also indicate this by answering yes to the question within the online application form.

Accepted characters

You can use any of the following French characters in these services as part of your name and address:

àâÀ éèêëÉÈÊË îïÎÏ Ôô ùûüÛÜù çÇ

How to contact Vital Statistics

Service Nova Scotia
Vital Statistics
P.O. Box 157
Halifax, NS
B3J 2M9


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