Frequently asked questions: birth, marriage and death certificates
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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.
A civil marriage may be performed by an Ontario judge, justice of the peace or a municipal clerk under the authority of a marriage licence. Each municipality can offer civil marriage services and set its own fees. Contact your municipal office for more in
If you need an emergency or expedited birth, marriage, or death certificate you will be asked to prove the need for urgency. To qualify, the birth, death or marriage must be registered in Ontario and you must provide proof of urgency along with your compl
What documents do I need to get a Canadian passport, social insurance number, health card or driver's licence?FAQ
Please refer to the following information to determine what type of certificate you require: Canadian passport Social insurance number Ontario driver's licence Ontario health card Apply for a birth certificate online
What parental information do I need to provide to obtain a birth certificate if I am adopted or an adoptive parent?FAQ
When completing the application for a birth certificate, provide the names of the adoptive parents' and the current legal name of the adoptee. Apply for a birth certificate online
A guarantor is someone who certifies that the information you provided on the birth certificate application is complete and accurate. ServiceOntario may contact your guarantor by phone to verify the information you provided on your application. A guaranto
The married couple, children of the marriage, parents of the parties to the marriage or an authorized representative acting on behalf of any entitled individual can apply for a marriage certificate. Only the married couple can apply for a certified copy o
Some passport applications require a long form birth certificate which provides the parental information of the subject and more information than a short form birth certificate. A short form birth certificate includes basic information and can be used as
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.