Ontario Birth Certificate
Who May Apply For a Birth Certificate?
- You may apply for yourself if you are at least 13 years old; or
- A parent of the individual for whom the certificate is being ordered; or
- A Legal Guardian. A Court Order that specifies the custody agreement between the subject and the applicant or a Separation Agreement that specifies the custody agreement between the subject and the applicant will be required; or
- If you are the Next-of-Kin, executor or estate administrator, you may request a certificate if the subject is deceased. You will be required to submit either a) Death Certificate or b) Funeral Directors' Statement of Death or c)Certificate of Appointment of Estate Trustee or d) An order under the Declarations of Death Act, 2002. You must also include an Affidavit that swears that you are the closest surviving next of kin.
- Anyone with written consent from one of individuals described in lines 1 through 4. (A document stating that the individual authorizes you to apply will be required.)
A Guarantor is required for individuals 9 years of age and older. For ages 8 and younger there is no requirement to have a guarantor.
Types of Birth Certificates
Short Form (Wallet Size)
- Contains the individual's name, date of birth, certificate number, birthplace, sex, date of registration, and the date issued. The short form cannot be issued for deceased individuals.
Long Form (Certified Birth Certificate)
- The Long Form is a Certified Copy of the Birth Registration. It contains the individual's name, date of birth, birthplace, sex, location of birth, parents’ names, parents’ date of birth, mother's mailing address at the time of birth, number of children born to this mother prior, parent's birthplace, weight of the child at birth, attendant at the birth, date of registration, registration number and the date issued.
- Short Form – First time applying for Birth Certificate – $75.00
- Short Form – Replacement Birth Certificate – $85.00
- Long Form – First time applying for Certified Copy – $85.00
- Long Form – Replacement Certified Copy – $95.00
- Standard delivery is 15 to 20 business days.
- Where rush delivery is available, delivery is typically 5 to 8 business days. There is an addition $35 charge for rush.
- Rush delivery is not available outside of Canada or to a PO Box.
- All costs include tax and shipping
Newborns – A birth certificate can only be issued after the birth has been registered. Registration takes approximately 16 weeks from the time of birth. Rush service is not available for babies within their first 16 weeks. Please contact the Office of the Registrar if you require a birth certificate on a rush basis.
Births Prior to 1930 – Births prior to 1930 may require an additional 8 weeks for processing.
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