Canadian Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates

A Government issued Northwest Territories Death Certificate is required as legal proof of death, to settle the estate of the deceased, and to claim pension and insurance benefits.

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Northwest Territories Death Certificate

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Who can apply

You can apply for a Northwest Territories Death Certificate if you are:

  • Member of the immediate family or next of kin;
  • A person who requires the certificate for use in a court of law, for settlement of an estate or for disinterment purposes;
  • An officer of the Crown, for official purposes;
  • Government departments approved by the Director of Vital Statistics, when required for legal or other legitimate purposes.
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.


Death Certificate (Long Form):

In Northwest Territories, only a Long Form Death Certificate is available. It contains the following information: full name of the deceased, date of death, place of death, gender, age, marital status, name of spouse, registration number and registration date.

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

Processing Time

Given that you have correctly filled out all sections on the application, you will receive your marriage certificate(s) within approximately 10-20 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.
Death Certificate (Long Form): $45.00

Please Note: Fees listed above are inclusive of taxes and shipping costs. If no record of the death is found by Northwest Territories 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 Death Certificate within the expected timeframe, you may contact the Northwest Territories Vital Statistics Agency to check the status of your application.

Toll Free: 1-800-661-0830
Telephone: 867-777-7400

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