Certificates and copies of acts

Certificates and copies of acts are separate, official documents issued by the Directeur de l’état civil.

An organization may require a certificate or a copy of an act in order to verify certain information or as proof of a civil status event entered in the Québec register of civil status. Before ordering a certificate or a copy of an act, contact the organization in question to find out what document you have to submit.

A certificate or a copy of an act can be obtained for the following life events:

  • Birth
  • Marriage
  • Civil union
  • Death

The cost of a certificate or a copy of an act varies depending on how the application is submitted and the type of processing selected.

Important

In order for a civil status document to be issued in respect of a birth, marriage, civil union or death, the event must first be entered in the Québec register of civil status. Once the event has been registered, your application for a certificate, a copy of an act or an attestation can be processed. For more information, see the Entering of events in the register of civil status section.

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Reviewed: 2019-08-22


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