Civil Status Documents Related to Birth: Certificate, Copy of an Act or Attestation
Directeur de l'état civil
Anyone can apply for an attestation of birth provided the fact or notation to be attested to is information found on the birth certificate. If not, the applicant must justify his or her interest in obtaining the attestation.
People applying for an attestation of birth should make sure that an attestation is the right document for the circumstances. An attestation is not an official proof of birth and does not replace a certificate of birth or a copy of an act of birth. To obtain an attestation of birth, complete the Application for an Attestation form. You may go in person to one of the Directeur de l’état civil offices with the request for an attestation along with the required payment. It may also be sent by mail or fax. Note When a request is sent by fax, the quality of the documents received may vary and they may not be legible. If so, there will be a delay in processing the request. To justify your interest If applicable, justify your interest by explaining the reason for your request on the request form and enclose a photocopy of an official document supporting the reason given.
Costs Amounts include the cost of processing the application, the printed document and shipping fees:
When a search is necessary, there is an additional $21.90 fee. If the search period covers more than 5 years, there is an additional $4.40 fee for each additional year. Payment methods Payment may be made:
Note Postdated cheques are not accepted. The application and cheque will be returned to the sender. Payments made by cheque may require additional processing time.
Normal processing Documents are processed within 10 business days. They are then sent by regular mail. Accelerated processing Documents are processed within 3 business days. They are then sent by Xpresspost. Note Documents delivered to destinations outside Canada are sent by regular mail. Additional processing time may be required in the following cases: