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Civil Status Documents Related to Marriage or Civil Union: Certificate, Copy of an Act or Attestation

Directeur de l'état civil

Applying for a Certificate or a Copy of an Act of Marriage or Civil Union

Important Notice

This page is being updated. Meanwhile, as the information currently online may not be complete, we invite you to consult the French version. Thank you for your understanding.

Clientele
The following persons may apply for a certificate or a copy of an act of marriage or civil union:

  • persons whose marriage or civil union was performed in Québec and whose name appears in the act of marriage or civil union entered in the Québec register of civil status;
  • persons whose marriage or civil union was performed outside Québec and whose name appears in the act of marriage or civil union that was entered in the Québec register of civil status at their request;
  • persons who can justify their interest in obtaining the document.

Conditions 
Applicants whose name does not appear in the act must enclose, along with the application, the documents needed to justify their interest, as well as the documents and information needed to verify their identity.

Application for a certificate or a copy of an act of marriage or civil union in the context of a death
Certain persons whose name does not appear in the act of marriage or civil union are presumed to have justified their interest in obtaining civil status documents by establishing their family or marital relationship with the deceased. These persons are:

  • 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 certificate or a copy of an act of marriage or civil union, proceed in one of the following ways:

Filing an application online
Applicants can use the DEClic! (mandatory authentication through clicSÉQUR) and DEClic! Express online services.
 
A rapid, secure access number (RSAN) is required to use the DEClic! Express online service. The RSAN appears on the letter sent to spouses whose marriage or civil union has recently been entered in the Québec register of civil status. The RSAN is valid for 90 days after the date of the confirmation letter.

Filing an application by mail
The Application for a Certificate or Copy of an Act – Marriage or Civil Union form must be completed and mailed along with a photocopy of a valid photo ID, a photocopy of valid proof of home address and payment, to the Directeur de l'état civil in the city of Québec

Note
All photocopies must be legible.

Filing an application in person
The Application for a Certificate or Copy of an Act – Marriage or Civil Union form must be completed and brought to one of the offices of the Directeur de l’état civil or of Services Québec, which provides services to the Directeur. A valid photo ID and valid proof of home address must be presented and the fees paid.

Filing an application 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 a certificate or a copy of an act of marriage or civil union. 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 certificate or a copy of an act. Applicants must enter their file number and zip code (in Canada or in the United States).

Applicants may complete their application for a certificate or a copy of an act 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 – Marriage or Civil Union 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.

Application for a certificate or a copy of an act of marriage or civil union in the context of a death
Applicants who are presumed to have justified their interest 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 (in the case of a birth or marriage entered in the Québec register of civil status);
  • submitting a photocopy of their birth certificate or act of birth.
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