Fees and processing time

Fees and processing time for obtaining a certificate or copy of an act

In the case of a recent event, the time period for entering an event in the register of civil status must be taken into account. We cannot process your application for a certificate, a copy of an act or an attestation until the event has been registered.

The cost of the document varies depending on how the application is submitted and the type of processing selected. We offer normal and accelerated processing of applications.

If you choose normal processing, the document will be sent to you by regular mail. If you choose accelerated processing, the document will be mailed to you via Xpresspost (only if the delivery address is in Canada).

Fees and processing time Note 1 de bas de page*
Method used to submit your application Normal processing (10 business days)

If the event occurred recently and the documents received are complete and exact, add the time period for entering the event in the register (30-40 business days, on average).
Accelerated processing (3 business days)

If the event occurred recently and the documents received are complete and exact, add the time period for entering the event in the register (30-40 business days, on average).
Cost per certificate Cost per copy of an act Cost per certificate Cost per copy of an act
Online $32.75 $39.75 $64.00 $64.00
By mail $47.00 $54.50 $69.50 $69.50
At a service counter $52.50 $58.50 $74.50 $74.50
At a service counter using the DEClic! Comptoir online service $32.75 $39.75 $64.00 $64.00

Note de bas de tableau 1

*  Excluding the time needed to register the event (if recent) and the delivery time.
   Fees are in Canadian dollars and are in effect until March 31, 2020. Retour à la référence de la note 1

Additional processing time

Additional processing time may be required in the following cases:

  • The application is incomplete (e.g. it is not signed, payment is not included, not all fields of the form are filled out).
  • The information on the form differs from the information in the register.
  • It is difficult to verify certain information concerning the identity of an applicant or a guarantor.
  • The address for delivery of the documents indicated on the form differs from the address on the photocopies of the documents.
  • The photocopies of documents do not meet the requirements indicated in the general information and instructions on the corresponding “Application for a Certificate or Copy of an Act” form.

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Fees and processing time for obtaining a attestation

We offer normal and accelerated processing of applications. Cost and processing time vary according to the type of processing you choose, the period covered by the search and the accuracy of the information you provide in support of your application. If the information provided is accurate, the cost of an attestation may be appreciably lower.

If you choose normal processing, the document will be sent to you by regular mail. If you choose accelerated processing, the document will be mailed to you by Xpresspost. Please note that Xpresspost service is available only in Canada.

Fees and Processing Time Footnote 2*
Accuracy of the information provided and period covered by the search Normal processing (10 business days) Accelerated processing (3 business days)
Cost per attestation Cost per attestation
The information provided is accurate $6.75 $40.25
The information provided is approximate or incomplete (period covered by a search of years or less) $22.70 $55.95
Cost for every additional year searched $4.60 $4.60

Footnote 2

*  Excluding event registration time (if recent event) and delivery time.
   The amounts are in Canadian dollars and are in effect until March 31, 2020. Return to footnote 2

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Other fee-based services offered by the Directeur de l'état civil

The table below shows the fees charged.

Other fee-based services
Services Fees
Surname or given name change for one person only (adult or child, including issuance of the first change of name certificate) $140.00
Surname change for a child under 18, when included with surname change for the parent (including issuance of the first change of name certificate) $28.50
Issuance of a change of name certificate $11.40
Change of sex designation $140.00
Issuance of a change of sex designation certificate $11.40
Processing of a late declaration of filiation (less than one year) $56.75
Processing of a late declaration of filiation (more than one year) $114.00
Processing of an application for late registration of birth (less than one year) $56.75
Processing of an application for late registration of birth (more than one year) $114.00

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Reviewed: 2019-09-12


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