Canadian Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates

A Government issued Northwest Territories 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.

Apply Online

Northwest Territories Marriage Certificate

Step 1

Certificate &
Service Options

Step 2


Step 3

Marriage &

Step 4


Step 5


Who can apply

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

  • Either party to the marriage;
  • Legal representative of either of the parties;
  • The parents or guardian of a person who was under 18 years of age at the time of marriage;
  • Children of the marriage to prove parentage, age, or birthplace of parents, for legal purposes;
  • A person who requires the certificate for use in a court of law, for adoption, or for settlement of an estate.
  • 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.


Short Form Marriage Certificate (wallet size):

The Short Form Marriage Certificate contains the following information: name of first party, name of second party, date of marriage, place of marriage, registration number and registration date.

Long Form Marriage Certificate (paper size 9.5 x 7”):

The Long Form Marriage Certificate contains the above information along with the following information: birthplaces of the first and second parties.

Restricted Photocopy:

A Restricted Photocopy is a copy of the original registration and is usually required for legal purposes. A restricted photocopy can only be issued if authorized by the Registrar General of Vital Statistics or on the order of a court.

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.
Short Form Marriage Certificate: $45.00
Long Form Marriage Certificate: $45.00
Restricted Photocopy: $55.00

Please Note: Fees listed above are inclusive of taxes and shipping costs. If no record of the marriage 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 Marriage 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

© 2022 Vital Statistics Support. All Rights Reserved