When a Québec permanent resident dies outside Québec, his or her spouse, child, close relative or legal representative may want the act of death (or a certified true copy of an equivalent document) drawn up outside Québec to be inserted into the Québec register of civil status so that he or she may obtain the necessary civil status documents.
To have an act inserted into the register, an Application for Insertion of an Act of Civil Status Made Outside Québec in the Québec Register of Civil Status form must be filed out and send along with the required documents to the Directeur de l’état civil.
To obtain an act of civil status from a foreign country, the consulate of the country should be contacted in order to obtain the contact information of the organization responsible for issuing acts of civil status.
Once the act has been inserted into the register, you may request the civil status documents you need using the regular procedure.
Even when an act of civil status drawn up outside Québec has been inserted into the register, it is still a semi-authentic document (see definitions) unless its validity has been recognized by a Québec court. Any certificate, copy of an act or attestation relating to such an act that is issued by the Directeur de l’état civil will mention that the act is semi-authentic.