How to get a copy of an Ontario birth certificate online
A birth certificate is a record of a birth that happened in Ontario. It is a government document that can be used as proof of identity.
To order a birth certificate you will need:
- your first and last name, mailing address, and phone number
information of the person on the birth certificate:
- first, middle, and last name, date of birth, gender and city of birth
- previous legal names for the person named on the birth registration (if applicable)
- parents information including the mother's maiden name
A guarantor will be needed for people 9 years of age and older.
Note: The birth must be registered in Ontario to use this service. Please use the 4-in-1 Newborn Bundle if you have not registered the birth of your child and the child is less than 1 year old.
first birth certificate:
- short form: $25
- long form: $35
replacement birth certificate:
- short form: $35
- long form : $45
You can have 1 short form and 1 long form birth certificate. For security reasons, if you order a replacement copy of either certificate, any previously issued certificates will no longer be valid.
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Certificates are put in the mail within 15 business days (or you get your money back).
Pick up service is not available.
Online completion time
Average 20 minutes.
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What you need to know
A short form birth certificate includes basic information and can be used as identification. It includes this information:
- last name
- given name(s)
- date of birth
- certificate number
- date of registration
- registration number, and
- date issued
A long form birth certificate is a certified copy of the birth registration. You might need it if you:
- move to another country
- become an executor for a foreign estate
- are adopting a child abroad, or
- fill out certain citizenship or immigration documents
If you are unsure if you need a short form certificate or long form certificate, please check with the Ministry, government agency, or person requesting the document before you order.
Who can apply for a birth certificate
You can apply for a birth certificate:
- if the application is for your own birth certificate and you are at least 13 years old
- if the application is for your child’s birth certificate and you are named as a parent on your child’s original birth registration
- if you are the legal guardian of a child and you can provide court documents proving that you have custody of the child
- if you are the next of kin, executor or estate administrator, and the person named on the certificate is deceased. (You must provide proof of death; e.g., a death certificate or a funeral director’s statement of death, and any other documentation requested by ServiceOntario)
If you are applying for a deceased person’s birth certificate you will only be able to obtain a long form (certified copy). Short form birth certificates are not issued for a deceased person(s).
If you order online (regular service): certificates are put in the mail within 15 business days (or you get your money back).
If you order online ($30 premium service): certificates are delivered to you within 5 business days (or you get your money back).
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Check order status
You can check the status of your online application 1 business day after you submit it.
To check the status online, you need:
- to indicate the type of certificate you requested (birth, death or marriage)
- applicant’s name and telephone number
- name of the subject (the person to be listed on the certificate)
- date of the event, and
- order / file number, if available
Other ways to apply
The ServiceOntario centre at: 47 Sheppard Avenue East, unit 417, 4th Floor
Toronto, ON M2N 5N1 is the only location that accepts emergency service applications.
For this, you will also need to bring:
- proof of urgency
- an additional $30 per document.
Certificates are delivered to you within 5 business days
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Note: personal cheque payments are no longer accepted at our retail locations for any vital events transactions, including regular, emergency and expedited services.
Completed applications can be faxed to 1-807-343-7459
6 to 8 weeks
Completed applications can be mailed to:
189 Red River Road, PO Box 4600
Thunder Bay, ON
6 – 8 weeks
Cheque, money order, credit card
Note: customers paying for birth, marriage and death certificates by personal cheque via mail can expect a delay in the 6-8 week processing time until the cheque has cleared for payment. An additional 10 business days (or 2 weeks) is required for cheques to clear.
Order a birth search
You can request a search if you do not know the exact date of birth.
A search will verify that the birth has taken place and has been registered with the province of Ontario.
You will receive a letter in the mail giving you information that matches the criteria within the years you searched. If no information is found you will still receive a letter stating that no information was found.
To request a search you can use the same online service as a certificate application but you will select the search option and indicate how many years you would like to search.
Note: Searches do not offer the same online guarantee as a certificate and there is no emergency service offered for a birth search.
$15 for every 5 year period that is searched
6 – 8 weeks
Historical events, such as deaths prior to 1980, marriages prior to 1980, and births prior to 1930 may not be in electronic format.
When applying for a death certificate prior to 1980, marriage certificate prior to 1980 or a birth certificate prior to 1930, it can take up to an extra 6 to 8 weeks for the registration to be converted into an electronic format before processing can be completed.
Registrations that are not available electronically are not included in the service guarantee.