Birth Information


Birth Certificate

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 $22.00.
  • If a Restricted photocopy is required, there is a $33.00 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).