Which document to request: a certificate or a copy of an act?

A certificate is an extract of information from the act entered in the register.
A copy of an act is an integral reproduction of the information contained in the act entered in the register.

Certificate or copy of an act for a child under 18 years of age

For a child under 18 years of age, we recommend the long-form birth certificate. It contains the parents’ names and some organizations require this type of document for applications made by or on behalf of a minor.

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Information contained in certificates and copies of acts
Type of document Format Information contained in the document
Birth certificate Long-form 21.5 cm x 18.5 cm

Surname, given names, sex, place of birth, date and time of birth, registration number, surnames and given names of the father and the mother, document number (since March 29, 2005), date of issue and, where applicable, notations entered in the act since it was drawn up.

Information may be missing if the event occurred before 1994.

Birth certificate Short-form 8.7 cm x 5.5 cm

Surname, given names, sex, place of birth, date and time of birth, registration number, document number (since March 29, 2005), date of issue and, where applicable, notations entered in the act since it was drawn up.

Information may be missing if the event occurred before 1994.

Copy of an act of birth 21.5 cm x 26.7 cm

Integral reproduction of the information contained in the act, document number (since March 29, 2005) and date of issue.

Note: This document may show information pertaining to more than one civil status event. Information may be missing if one of the events occurred before 1994.

If the person concerned by the application was adopted and the adoption judgment recognizes pre-existing bonds of filiation or the Aboriginal customary adoption certificate mentions the recognition of pre-existing bonds of filiation or rights and obligations that subsist between the person and a parent of origin, the document will include a second page reproducing that information. That second page cannot be used alone and must be submitted with the first page of the document.

Marriage certificate 21.5 cm x 18.5 cm

Surnames, given names and sex of the spouses, date and place of the marriage, registration number, document number (since March 29, 2005), date of issue and, where applicable, notations entered in the act since it was drawn up.

Information may be missing if the event occurred before 1994.

Copy of an act of marriage 21.5 cm x 26.7 cm

Integral reproduction of the information contained in the act, document number (since March 29, 2005) and date of issue.

Note: This document may show information pertaining to more than one civil status event. Information may be missing if one of the events occurred before 1994.

Certificate of civil union 21.5 cm x 18.5 cm

Surnames, given names and sex of the spouses, date and place of the civil union, registration number, document number (since March 29, 2005), date of issue and, where applicable, notations entered in the act since it was drawn up.

Copy of an act of civil union 21.5 cm x 26.7 cm

Integral reproduction of the information contained in the act, document number (since March 29, 2005) and date of issue.

Note: This document may show information pertaining to more than one civil status event. Information may be missing if one of the events occurred before 1994.

Death certificate 21.5 cm x 18.5 cm

Surname, given names, sex, place of death, date and time of death, date of birth (on every certificate issued since February 2012), registration number, document number (since March 29, 2005) and date of issue.

Information may be missing if the event occurred before 1994.

Copy of an act of death 21,5 cm x 26,7 cm

Integral reproduction of the information contained in the act, document number (since March 29, 2005) and date of issue.

Note: This document may show information pertaining to more than one civil status event. Information may be missing if one of the events occurred before 1994.

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Reviewed: 2019-08-22


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