A Government issued Nova Scotia Death Certificate is required as legal proof of death, to settle the estate of the deceased, and to claim pension and insurance benefits.Apply Online
You can apply for a Nova Scotia Short Form Death Certificate if you are:
You can apply for a Nova Scotia Long Form Death Certificate if you are:
You can apply for a Nova Scotia Certified Copy if you are:
Before applying, find out the type and format of the document required by contacting the organization to which you must submit it.
The Short Form Death Certificate contains the following information: given and surname, sex, date of death, age, place of death, registration number, registration date and date issued.
The Long Form Death Certificate contains all the above information and the following, if recorded on death record; date of birth, place of birth, residence, occupation, marital status, name of spouse, names of parents, attending physician, funeral director, disposition, place of disposition, name of informant, address and relationship.
The Certified Photographic Copy of the original Death Registration contains all of the information on a Long Form Death Certificate as well as medical cause of death.
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 birth is found by Nova Scotia Vital Statistics, fees will be applied to the search cost and will not be refunded.
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: 1-877-848-2578 (Nova Scotia only)