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Birth Certificate

Information About Newfoundland and Labrador's Birth Certificate

Vital Statistics has birth, marriage and death records from 1892 to the present. Please contact our office at (709) 729-3308. For records prior to 1892, please contact the provincial archives (the Rooms) at (709) 757-8088.

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How to Order a Birth Certificate Online

You may use this service to complete a birth certificate order online for events that have been registered in Newfoundland and Labrador. To use this service please visit the Vital Statistics Division - Online Services.

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How to Order a Birth Certificate by Mail

You may apply for a birth certificate by sending a completed application opens new window (163 KB) form to Vital Statistics Division.

To enhance the privacy and security of a person's identity, entitlement restrictions apply for birth certificates. See "Who is Entitled" section below.

As well, persons applying for birth certificates are required to provide identification:

  • one piece of photo ID; or
  • two pieces of other ID, at least one of which contains signature or address.

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How to Order a Birth Certificate In Person

You may apply in person at any of the following Government Service Centres or departmental offices:

  • 149 Smallwood Drive, Mount Pearl, NL
  • 7-9 Roddick Crescent, Harbour Grace, NL
  • 8A Myers Avenue, Clarenville, NL
  • 1 Harris Drive, Marystown, NL
  • Fraser Mall, 230 Airport Blvd., Gander, NL
  • 3 Cromer Avenue, Grand Falls-Windsor, NL
  • Mount Bernard Avenue, Sir Richard Squires Building, Corner Brook, NL
  • 35 Alabama Drive, Stephenville, NL
  • Viking Mall, St. Anthony, NL
  • 2 Tenth Street, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL
  • 118 Humphrey Road, Bruno Plaza, Labrador City, NL

To enhance the privacy and security of a person's identity, entitlement restrictions apply for birth certificates. See "Who is Entitled" section below.

As well, persons applying for birth certificates are required to provide identification:

  • one piece of photo ID; or
  • two pieces of other ID, at least one of which contains signature or address.

If you apply for the birth certificate in Mount Pearl, there is approximately a 20 minute waiting period. If you apply in Gander, Corner Brook, Clarenville or Grand Falls-Windsor, you are still able to get them in the same day. If you apply at any of the remaining offices, there is approximately a three day waiting period. Note: Processing times are approximate and will change depending on the volume of applications received.

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Who is Entitled to Apply for a Birth Certificate

  • You, if you are the subject of the birth certificate. You must be at least 16 years of age.
  • A parent of a child (as established by registration documents or by court documents) until the child reaches the age of 19 years or if the child is incapable because of physical or mental incapacity.
  • A custodial guardian (if no parent is capable) - proof of guardianship is required.
  • A person with written authorization from one of the above.
  • A person with a court order.
  • A person who requires it to comply with a specific Act or regulation - proof is required.
  • When the individual is deceased - proof of death is required:
    • next of kin
    • the executor, trustee or administrator of the estate; or
    • a person with written authorization from one of the above.

Be sure to include the following:

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Place of Birth
  • Sex
  • Name of Father and Name of Mother (including her birth or maiden surname)
  • Your complete mailing address and telephone number and state your relationship to the person named on the certificate if, for any reason, you are not that person.
  • Reason certificate is required
  • State whether the subject of the birth certificate is deceased. If yes, provide proof of death
  • Photocopies of ID as outlined above.

Birth Certificates are available in short and long form. Short form certificates do not contain parent's names. Please be sure to specify the number and type of certificate you require.

Birth certificates cost $20.00. Cheques or money orders may be made payable to the Newfoundland Exchequer Account. If you are paying by credit card, we accept only Visa and MasterCard. We require the card number, expiry date and signature of the cardholder.

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