Frequently asked questions: birth, marriage and death certificates
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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.
A marriage certificate is a document containing the details of a marriage performed in Ontario. You can order a copy or multiple copies online if the marriage is registered in Ontario. You can use this certificate to change your name, process a divorce, or as a record of family history. Getting married? Learn more about the forms you might need and how to get a marriage licence.
A death certificate is a document containing the details of a death that took place in Ontario. You can order a copy, or multiple copies online, if the death is registered in Ontario. You can use this certificate to cancel a health card or driver’s licence and for insurance purposes.
When you get married, you don’t have to legally change your last name (surname). You can change your last name to your spouse’s last name, or you can combine both of your last names into a hyphenated last name.
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