Frequently asked questions: birth, marriage and death certificates
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If you cannot provide a guarantor, it will take longer to process your application. You will need to include a signed letter of explanation with your birth certificate application. Include in the letter: the steps you took to try to find a guarantor the r
Call your financial institution immediately to report your lost bank cards and credit cards. You should also contact your local police department to prevent any fraudulent use of your personal identification. Be sure to obtain the report number and the ba
Divorce or separation agreements are handled by Ontario courts. For about divorce or separation visit the Ministry of the Attorney General’s website. Get a copy of a divorce order, certificate of divorce Apply for an Ontario marriage certificate Resume a
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 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.
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