Get or Replace an Ontario Birth Certificate
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A birth certificate is a record of a birth that happened in Ontario. It is a government document that can be used as proof of identity. The birth must be registered in Ontario to use this service.
Please use the 4-in-1 Newborn Bundle if you have not registered the birth of your child and the child is less than 1 year old.
What you need to know
To order a short form or long form birth certificate you will need:
- your first and last name, mailing address, and phone number
- information of the person on the birth certificate:
- first, middle, and last name, date of birth, sex and city of birth
- previous legal names for the person named on the birth certificate (if applicable)
- parents’ information
- a guarantor if the applicant is 9 years and older
- payment for the certificate
Some passport applications require a long form birth certificate. Check the Passport Canada list of acceptable documents to ensure you are ordering the correct version.
If you are unsure if you need a short form certificate or long form certificate, please check with the Ministry, government agency, or person requesting the document before you order.
Note: only 1 short form and 1 long form birth certificate of a person can be issued. For security reasons, if you order a replacement, any previously issued certificates will no longer be valid.
Replace a lost, stolen or damaged birth certificate
a lost, stolen or damaged birth certificate you can use the online application to order a replacement birth certificate .
Who can apply
You can apply for a birth certificate for:
- yourself; if you are at least 13 years old
- your child; if you are named as a parent on your child’s original birth registration
- a child; if you are the legal guardian and can provide court documents proving that you have custody of the child. If applying online you will need to submit the supporting documentation together with a letter quoting the online order number, by fax or mail
- a deceased person; if you are the next of kin, executor or estate administrator. You will need to provide a death certificate or a funeral director’s statement of death, and any other documentation requested by ServiceOntario. You can only get a long form birth certificate for a deceased person. If applying online you will need to submit the supplementary documents together with a letter quoting the online order number, by fax or mail
Note: If you are the next of kin, executor, or estate administrator and have to provide one of the documents listed above, the document must be in French or English or translated by an accredited translator.
Short form birth certificate
A short form birth certificate includes basic information and can be used as identification. It includes this information:
- last name
- given name(s)
- date of birth
- certificate number
- date of registration
- registration number, and
- date issued
Cost, processing and delivery time
Short form birth certificate