Information on registering for a death


Death Certificate

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 $22.00 for each certificate. 
  • 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).