Canadian Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates

A Government issued Manitoba 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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Manitoba Marriage Certificate

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Who can apply

You can apply for a Manitoba Marriage Certificate if you are:

  • The person whose name appears on the certificate;
  • Parents of the person named on the certificate;
  • A legal guardian of the person named on the certificate (must submit guardianship papers);
  • Next of kin only if subject is deceased.
New Security Enhanced Marriage Certificates

On January 21, 2008, Manitoba introduced a new, more secure and durable marriage Certificate. The new marriage Certificate is made from a strong polymer material and has more than 20 visible and concealed security features to help prevent identity theft.

Experts in identity theft discourage carrying a marriage Certificate in a purse or wallet. The size of the new certificate is 12.5 cm wide x 17.6 cm high, which makes carrying it in a wallet or purse prohibitive. The wallet size Marriage Certificate is no longer available.

Individuals may choose to include or exclude parents’ information on their marriage Certificate.

Those born in Manitoba are not required to obtain a new marriage Certificate as the old ones remain valid. However, in some instances, where identity security is of utmost importance, citizens may be asked by other agencies to provide the new more secure document as proof of identity or citizenship. Manitoba Vital Statistics will not exchange previous certificates free of charge.

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 with Personal Info Only (12.5 cm x 17.6 cm):

The Personal Info Only marriage Certificate contains basic information: full name of individual, date of marriage, place of marriage, sex, registration number, and registration date.

Marriage Certificate with Personal Info & Parentage (12.5 cm x 17.6 cm):

The Personal Info and Parentage Marriage Certificate contains all the information as stated above, plus the names of parents and marriage places of parents (province/country only).

When submitting an application concerning the marriage of a minor, we recommend requesting the Marriage Certificate with Personal Info & Parentage, as it includes the parents’ names. Some organizations require this type of certificate in the case of minors.

Photocopy of Registration

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

Service Options

Regular Service
10 – 12 weeks – does not include delivery times (delivery times depends on your location)

$69.00 per document

Rush Service (5-7 business days)
Does not include delivery times (delivery times depends on your location)

$166.00 per document (Courier – 2-3 days delivery in Canada)

*Courier to the USA 2-4 days

**International delivery 3-10 days and $50.00 extra.

Please Note: 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 Manitoba 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 Manitoba Vital Statistics Agency to check the status of your application.

Toll Free: 1-800-282-8069 (Manitoba only)
Telephone: 204-945-3701

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