BritishColumbia Marriage Certificate
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British Columbia Marriage Certificate

A Government issued 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.

How To Apply

Step 1 01

Certificate & Service Options
Certificate & Service Options

Step 2 02

Applicant
Information
Applicant Information

Step 3 03

Marriage Details
Marriage Details

Step 4 04

Authorization
Authorization

Step 5 05

Payment
Processing
Payment Processing
Who can apply

You can apply for a British Columbia Marriage Certificate if you are:

  • Either party of the marriage.
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.

Documents:

Small Marriage Certificate (9.5 cm x 6.4 cm):

The Small Marriage Certificate contains the full names of the couple or individuals, place of marriage, date of marriage, registration number and date of registration.

Large Marriage Certificate (12.6 cm x 17.8 cm):

The Large Marriage Certificate contains the full names of the couple or individuals, their birthdates and birthplaces, date of marriage, place of marriage, registration number, and date of registration.

Photocopy of Registration:

A Registration Photocopy contains all the information appearing on the original Registration of Birth. Registration Photocopies are generally only required for court purposes. They are not for use as identification.

Service Options

Regular Service

15 business days – does not include delivery times (delivery times depends on your location)

Small Marriage Certificate: $67.00
Large Marriage Certificate: $67.00
Photocopy of Registration: $87.00

Rush Service

5-7 business – does not include delivery times (delivery times depends on your location)
(Canada Post – 2-5 days delivery in Canada, 4-7 days delivery in the USA)

Small Marriage Certificate: $100.00
Large Marriage Certificate: $100.00
Photocopy of Registration: $100.00

Please Note: 

Courier delivery is not made to post office boxes, apartment complexes, homes that use Super Box mailboxes, or basement suites. Instead, ad delivery notice with instructions is left at the mailing address and the envelope is delivered to the nearest postal outlet. ID and signature are required upon pick up.

Fees listed above are inclusive of taxes and shipping costs. 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. If no record of the marriage is found by British Columbia 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 British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency to check the status of your application.

Toll Free: 1-800-663-8328 (BC only)
Telephone: 250-952-2681