Canadian Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates

A Government issued Newfoundland & Labrador Marriage Certificate is required as proof of a legal marriage to ensure the rights of spouses and children are respected, to apply for certain social benefits, to settle an estate, to change or hyphenate a surname, or to apply for a divorce in Canada.

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Who can apply

You can apply for a Newfoundland & Labrador Marriage Certificate if you are:

  • Either party to the marriage;
  • A person with a court order;
  • When both parties to the marriage are deceased, their children, parents, executor, trustee, or administrator of the estate may apply (must provide proof of death).
Documents Available to Order

Before applying, find out the type and format of the document required by contacting the organization to which you must submit it.


Marriage Certificate (Long Form):

In Newfoundland & Labrador, only a Long Form Marriage Certificate is available. It contains the following information: the name of each party to the marriage, date of marriage, place of marriage, registration number, registration date and date issued.

Marriage Certificates are issued using the information from the original Registration of Marriage, completed at the time of marriage. If a record cannot be found, a search for a three-year period is carried out automatically and the applicant will be notified.


As the applicant, you must submit a HIGH RESOLUTION photocopy of the following identification:

1. A copy of one piece of government-issued photo identification OR
2. Copies of two other pieces of identification – one must have your signature or address on it

Please note that I.D. must be ENGLARGED and LIGHTENED in order to ensure legibility. Simply faxing I.D. often produces poor quality images and are not sufficient.

If this I.D. is not attached, the application will be returned to you without being processed.

Processing Time

Given that you have correctly filled out all sections on the application, you will receive your marriage certificate(s) within approximately 20-30 business days (includes mailing time).

Please Note: Delivery times are approximate and cannot be guaranteed. Applications may be delayed or rejected if inadequate information is provided or if there is a discrepancy between information provided and the government records.
Marriage Certificate (Long Form): $55.00

Please Note: Fees listed above are inclusive of taxes and shipping costs. If no record of the marriage is found by Newfoundland & Labrador Vital Statistics, fees will be applied to the search cost and will not be refunded.

Status of your Application

If you have not received your Marriage Certificate within the expected timeframe, you may contact the Newfoundland & Labrador Vital Statistics Agency to check the status of your application.

Telephone: 709-729-3308

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