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2018-06-16

Amendments to the rules regarding adoption and tutorship

Certain rules regarding adoption, tutorship and the disclosure of adoption-related information have been amended further to the passage, on June 16, 2017, of the Act to amend the Civil Code and other legislative provisions as regards adoption and the disclosure of information, which, in particular:

  • Makes it possible to recognize in the adoption judgment pre-existing bonds of filiation between the child and his or her parents of origin.
  • Recognizes the effects of Aboriginal customary adoption and makes it possible to recognize pre-existing bonds of filiation and allows rights and obligations to subsist between the adoptee and his or her parent of origin.
  • Provides, where applicable, for the recognition of pre-existing bonds of filiation to be mentioned in a copy of an act of birth, and rights and obligations that subsist between the adoptee and his or her parent of origin to be mentioned in the case of an Aboriginal customary adoption.
  • Establishes suppletive tutorship and Aboriginal suppletive tutorship.
  • Establishes a register of competent Aboriginal authorities, which can be accessed on the website of the Directeur de l’état civil.

For more information concerning the rules regarding adoption and suppletive tutorship, consult the website of the ministère de la Justice. This link opens a new window.

For more information concerning agreements for disclosure between the family of origin and the adoptive family, disclosure of information relating to identity or to establishing contact, and disclosure of medical information, please consult the website of the ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux. This link opens a new window.

For more information concerning a copy of an act of birth or a copy of an Aboriginal customary adoption certificate, please consult the section entitled Certificates and copies of acts or contact us.

For more information concerning the register of competent authorities, please consult the section entitled Register of competent authorities in matters of Aboriginal customary adoption, Aboriginal suppletive tutorship and recognition of Aboriginal customary adoption outside Québec or contact us.

For more information concerning Aboriginal customary adoption or Aboriginal suppletive tutorship, please contact us.


2018-05-17

End of the transition period

Since January 1, 2018, notices of marriage and civil union must be published on the website of the Directeur de l’état civil for 20 days prior to the date of the ceremony.

During the six-month transition period, which ends on June 30, 2018, publications made under the former rules are accepted for marriages and civil unions solemnized no later than June 30, 2018. Marriages and civil unions solemnized after this date, however, must be published on the website of the Directeur de l’état civil.

Note that failure to comply with the rules applicable to the publication or solemnization of a marriage or civil union, be it the current rules or those in effect during the transition period, could result in the Directeur de l’état civil’s refusal to enter the event in the Québec register of civil status. In addition, the officiant’s authorization could be suspended or revoked.

2018-03-13

New Fees

As of April 1, 2018, new fees will apply to applications for a certificate or a copy of an act, as well as to certain fee-based services offered by the Directeur de l’état civil. For the current fees to apply, you must send us your application for a certificate or a copy of an act before on that date. For more information, consult the document Tarifs exigibles au 1er avril 2018 This link opens a new window.


2018-01-09

Designated Officiant or One-day Officiant

As of January 1, 2018, the Directeur de l'état civil is responsible for processing applications for the designation of officiants when designation concerns a mayor, municipal councillor or civil servant, court clerk or assistant court clerk or one-day officiant. For more information, consult the section Designated Officiant or One-day Officiant.


2017-11-08

Amendment to the publication regulation regarding marriage and civil union

As of January 1, 2018, new responsibilities will be entrusted to the Directeur de l'état civil in connection with the publication of marriage and civil union notices and the dispensation of such notices. To find out more, please read the Marriage and civil unionCe lien s'ouvrira dans une nouvelle fenêtre.section of our website.


2017-11-01

New Publication Rules Regarding Change of Name and Late Declaration of Filiation

As of November 27, 2017, all notices relating to a change of name and to a late declaration of filiation will be published solely on the Directeur de l'état civil's website rather than in the Gazette officielle du Québec and local newspapers, as it is currently the case. For more information, go to the Change of Name Ce lien s'ouvrira dans une nouvelle fenêtre.section.


Archive

2016-06-30

New rules concerning the marriage of minors

The Law introducing diverse legislative modifications to reinforce the protection of persons ( RLRQ, 2016, Chapter 12) received official sanction on June 8, 2016. This law introduces certain measures pertaining to civil status that will be enacted at a later date to be determined by the government with exception to the following which is already in force:

Before June 8, 2016, a minor wishing to be married had to obtain the authorization of the titular parental authority or, if applicable, the tutor. As of this date, a person of 16 or 17 years of age who wishes to marry must first obtain from the courts the permission to marry. However, a transition disposition established in Art. 48, a.2 of this law, provides that, if consent had been obtained from the parental authority or, if applicable, the tutor prior to the date of June 8,2016, the marriage of the minor remains governed by Art. 373 of the Quebec Civil Code as read before this date on condition that the marriage be solemnized within the following six (6) months of said date.

For more information, consult the Justice Quebec web site or contact us.

2016-06-29

Labour conflict at Canada Post

We have made special provisions for dealing with the effects of a labour conflict at Canada Post. We invite you to get in touch with us for more information.

2016-06-13

Adoption du projet de loi no 103 : communiqué de la ministre de la Justice

Press release (French only) This link opens a new window.

2016-05-10

Reminder to all officiants from the Minister of Justice

Letter to officiants from Québec's Minister of Justice, reminding them of their duty to send all declarations of marriage to the registrar of civil status. Letter to officiants from Québec's Minister of Justice This link opens a new window.

2015-12-08

Strike by Québec government employees on December 9, 2015

Please note that due to the strike by Québec government employees, our call center and service counters will be closed. We apologize for this situation.

2015-09-08

Adoption of the Regulation to amend the Regulation respecting change of name and of other particulars of civil status

Québec, September 5, 2015 – Ms. Stéphanie Vallée, Minister responsible for the fight against homophobia, Minister of Justice, Attorney General of Québec and Minister responsible for the Status of Women announces the adoption by the Conseil du trésor of the Regulation to amend the Regulation respecting change of name and of other particulars of civil status. For more information »»


Press release (French only) This link opens a new window.

2014-04-15

Notice to our clientele – Security breach of OpenSSL, named Heartbleed

The security breach of OpenSSL, named Heartbleed, has been discovered. Please note that this transactional site is not affected by Heartbleed. You may therefore continue to use our online services safely as your personal information is protected.

2014-03-01

Entry into force of modifications to the Civil Code of Québec regarding notice of a change of name and of a change of designation of sex

On March 1, 2014, certain articles of the Act to amend the Civil Code as regards civil status, successions and the publication of rights (2013, chapter 27) This link opens a new window., adopted on December 6, 2013, come into force. They entail modifications regarding notice of a change of name and of a change of designation of sex.

The entry into force of these articles means that a citizen will no longer be required to publish, in newspapers and in the Gazette officielle du Québec, notice of an application for a change of given name when it is clear that the change requested relates to a modification of sexual identity, of an application for a change of name concerning a child under six months of age or of an application for a change of designation of sex appearing on an act of birth. In addition, the Directeur de l’état civil is no longer required to publish notice of its decisions authorizing such applications.

2014-01-24

It's the 20th anniversary of the Directeur de l’état civil

This year marks the Directeur de l'état civil's 20th anniversary. The office was established by the government on January 1, 1994, when the Civil Code of Québec came into force.

A single officer of civil status and a single register

From the early 1600s until 1993, civil status was administered by thousands of public officers, mainly ministers of religion and prothonotaries. During that period, 17 million acts were entered in 425,000 registers in 3,600 different locations.

On January 1, 1994, the registrar of civil status became the sole officer of civil status in Québec. At the same time, all papers were centralized in a single register, the civil status register.

Since then, the Directeur de l'état civil has not stopped developing organizationally to ensure the integrity of the civil status register and to provide citizens with quality services adapted to their needs.

The slogan 20 years at the heart of citizens' lives highlights the Directeur de l’état civil's involvement with citizens and the central role the office plays in terms of collective memory, identity, the exercise of civil rights and access to government programs and services.


2013-12-06

Amendments to the Civil Code of Québec as regards civil status

On December 6, 2013, the National Assembly of Québec passed the Act to amend the Civil Code as regards civil status, successions and the publication of rights (2013, chapter 27) This link opens a new window.. The Act entails various changes regarding civil status.

Changes that come into force on December 6, 2013

  • Modifications facilitating the gradual implementation, by the Directeur de l’état civil, of new online services that will enable declarations of birth or death to be sent electronically, such as eliminating the requirement for citizens to have the declaration signed by a witness or to enclose a copy of the attestation of birth or death.

  • Granting the Directeur de l’état civil the power to draw up the act of death of a missing person when the court has found someone guilty of acts causing the person's death or the disappearance of the person's body.

  • Granting the Directeur de l’état civil the power, subject to certain conditions, to change the designation of sex that appears on the act of birth of a person who was born in Québec but is no longer domiciled there, when it is impossible to make such a change in the country where the person is domiciled.

Measures that will come into force at a later date to be determined by the government

  • It will no longer be necessary to publish notices of applications in newspapers and in the Gazette officielle du Québec with respect to applications for a change of given name when it is clear that the change requested relates to a modification of sexual identity, applications for a change of name concerning a child under six months of age, and applications for a change of the designation of sex appearing on an act of birth. In addition, the Directeur de l’état civil will no longer be required to publish notices of its decisions authorizing such applications.

  • The requirement for a person to have undergone medical treatment and surgery in order to obtain a change of the designation of sex that appears on his or her act of birth will be removed and replaced by new conditions to be determined by regulation.


2010-12-09

New Required Fees

Since December 9, 2010, new fees apply to obtain a certificate or a copy of an act of birth, marriage, civil union or death.

The new fees vary according to the method of application. They take into account the costs incurred to process an application according to each method. The most expensive method is therefore counter service, while Internet service is the most economical.

To view the new required fees.



2010-04-20

New online service - DEClic! Express

Certain citizens now have access to DEClic! Express, a new online service to apply for certificates and copies of an act. This service is similar to DEClic!, which was initiated in December 2007.

DEClic! Express is exclusively designed for new parents and new spouses, facilitating their transactions with the Directeur de l'état civil. To benefit from this service, you have to have received a notice of confirmation of birth, marriage or civil union bearing a rapid and secure access number (RSAN). Only notices of confirmation mailed since April 19, 2010 bear a RSAN.

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2009-04-23

New procedures when declaring a birth

You may now give your consent to have the Directeur de l'état civil forward your social insurance number with information on the birth of your child to the Ministère de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale, which administers the Québec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP).

To give your consent, you must complete and sign the Notice to parents - Québec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP) section of the Directeur de l'état civil's Declaration of Birth form.

Even if you give your consent, you must still file an application with the Ministère to receive QPIP benefits. However, doing so will speed up the procedure since you will not have to provide your child's birth certificate.

For more information, go to the Québec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP) This link opens a new window. website.

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2008-11-21

Tribute is paid to the Directeur de l'état civil at the Prix d'excellence de l'administration publique 2008 awards ceremony

After having obtained two OCTAS from the Fédération de l'informatique du Québec (now Réseau Action TI), in May 2008, the DÉClic online service has earned further recognition by receiving the public administration excellence award.

The Directeur de l'état civil's contribution, which allows better access to improved, integrated services focussing on citizens and puts information technologies to good use, was fully recognized through the discernment of the award of excellence in the "online government" category at the annual l’Institut d’administration publique du Québec (IAPQ) This link opens a new window. gala held at the Québec City convention Centre on November 18, 2008.

Every year, the IAPQ acknowledges the public sector's remarkable achievements in a contest whose winners are recognized at a gala comprising seven categories.

The Directeur de l'état civil would like to congratulate the other finalists in the "online government" category:

  • Commission des lésions professionelles
    E-mailing of inquiry and hearing notices and consultation of roll
  • Services Québec
    Espace Entreprises
    of the government service portal

The Directeur de l'état civil would like to extend its warmest thanks the IAPQ for its role in recognizing excellence in the Québec public service.

Reviewed: 2018-06-16

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