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 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.
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.
When you get married, you don’t have to legally change your last name (surname). You have 3 options if you would like to change your name. You can: change your last name to your spouse’s last name combine both of your last names with a space in-between combine both of your last names with a hyphen If you choose to have a double last name you can also select the order that they appear.