A death certificate is required:
- as legal proof of the death
- to settle an estate
- to receive entitlements for benefits such as pensions and insurance
Who may request a death certificate?
- member of the immediate family or next of kin
- a person who requires the certificate for use in a court of law, for settlement of an estate or for disinterment purposes
- an officer of the Crown, for official purposes
- government departments approved by the Director of Vital Statistics, when required for legal or other legitimate purposes.
How to order a death certificate?
- Complete an Application for Death Certificate form, providing all relevant information with respect to the application.
- Pay by cheque or money order (payable to Government of the NWT). Note: Certificates come in paper (framing) size only, and are $20.00 for each certificate.
- If a Restricted photocopy is required, there is a $30.00 charge per certificate. Note: A reason for requesting a Restricted Photocopy must be provided, and it will only be released at the discretion of the Registrar General of Vital Statistics.
- Apply at the Health Services Administration, in person, by mail or by fax (if paying by credit card only).