A birth certificate is an important personal document, used for:
- legal identity
- age, sex or nationality
- traveling abroad or applying for a passport
- applying for health services, a social insurance number or a driver’s licence
- child enrolment in school
- settling an estate
- receiving old age pension
Who may request a birth certificate?
- the person named on the birth registration
- individuals recorded as parents on the birth registration
- a legal representative (e.g. guardian, solicitor or legal agent) of the person whose name appears on the birth registration
- a child or grandchild of the person whose birth is registered.
- an agent, or any other person, on the written authorization of the person concerned or the parents
- 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 birth certificate?
- Complete an Application for Birth Certificate form, providing all relevant information with respect to the application.
- Pay by cheque or money order (payable to Government of the NWT). Note: Birth certificates are $20.00.
- 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).