A marriage certificate is required to:
- prove your marriage is legal
- ensure that the rights of spouses and children are respected
- apply for certain social benefits
- settle an estate.
Who may request a marriage certificate?
- an individual recorded as a party on a marriage registration
- legal representative of either of the parties
- the parents or guardian of a person who was under 18 years of age at the time of marriage
- children of the marriage to prove parentage, age, or birthplace of parents, for legal purposes
- an agent, or any other person, on the written authorization of either of the parties
- a person who requires the certificate for use in a court of law, for adoption, or for settlement of an estate
- 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 marriage certificate?
- Complete an Application for Marriage Certificate form, providing all relevant information with respect to the application.
- Pay by cheque or money order (payable to Government of the NWT). Note: Wallet and paper (framing) size certificates 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).