What to Do in the Event of Death.

Death Certificate and Copy of an Act of Death

Directeur de l'état civil

Applying for a Death Certificate or a Copy of an Act of Death

Clientele
The following persons may apply for a death certificate or a copy of an act of death:

  • persons whose name appears in the act of death used to register the death in the Québec register of civil status;
  • persons who can justify their interest in obtaining the document.

Conditions
If your name does not appear in the act and you are not presumed to have justified your interest in obtaining the document, you must enclose, along with your application, the documents needed to justify your interest, as well as the documents and information needed to verify your identity.

Certain persons are presumed to have justified their interest in obtaining civil status documents concerning a deceased person:

  • legitimate children, that is, children whose act of birth mentions the name of the deceased;
  • the deceased person’s brothers and sisters;
  • the deceased person’s married or civil union spouse.

To request a death certificate or a copy of an act of death, proceed in one of the following ways:

Filing an application online
Use the DEClic! online service (mandatory authentication through clicSÉQUR), available on the Directeur de l’état civil website.

Note
A person who is not an attorney or a notary cannot use the online service if he or she acts as a mandatary for a person who needs to obtain a death certificate or copy of an act of death (for example a school principal, a police officer or a youth center representative).

Filing an application by mail
The Application for a Certificate or Copy of an Act – Death form must be completed and sent, along with a photocopy of a valid photo ID, a photocopy of a valid proof of home address and the payment, to the Directeur de l'état civil.

Note
All photocopies must be legible.

Filing an application in person
Complete the Application for a Certificate or Copy of an Act – Death form and take it to one of the offices of the Directeur de l’état civil or of Services Québec, which provides services to the Directeur.

Applicants must present a valid photo ID and valid proof of home address and pay the required fees.

To apply through DEClic! Comptoir
Applicants may apply in person at one of the offices of the Directeur de l’état civil or at one of the offices of Services Québec offering the DEClic! Comptoir service. These offices are:

  • Cap-aux-Meules;
  • Chicoutimi;
  • Drummondville;
  • Gaspé;
  • Gatineau;
  • Joliette;
  • Laval;
  • Longueuil;
  • Rimouski;
  • Roberval;
  • Rouyn-Noranda;
  • Saint-Félicien;
  • Saint-Georges;
  • Saint-Jérôme;
  • Sept-Îles;
  • Sherbrooke;
  • Trois-Rivières.

Applicants must present a valid photo ID document and valid proof of residence to the attendant at the counter and, if applicable, explain the reason of their request to obtain the the death certificate or the copy of an act of death. Applicants must also pay the required fees. The attendant will hand in a coupon with the file number of the applicant and the address of the online DEClic! Comptoir service.

Subsequently, applicants can access the online service at a self-service station and complete their application for a death certificate or a copy of an act of death. Applicants must enter their file number and zip code (in Canada or in the United States). 

Applicants may complete their application for a death certificate or a copy of an act of death outside of the Director’s office. However, it has to be completed within three attempts, within three days. After that, applicants will have to call to the phone number on the document received with the transaction receipt in order to activate the application.

Justifying interest
Applicants can justify their interest by completing the Application for a Certificate or Copy of an Act – Death form and explaining why they are applying for a certificate or a copy of an act. They must enclose a photocopy of an official document supporting their reason.

If applicants are presumed to have justified their interest, they are not required to enclose a photocopy of an official supporting document. However, they must provide proof of their relationship to the deceased by

  • providing their date of birth;
  • submitting a photocopy of their birth certificate or act of birth.
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