A Government issued Nova Scotia 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
You can apply for a Nova Scotia Marriage Certificate 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 Marriage Certificate contains basic information: names of parties to the marriage, date of marriage, place of marriage, registration number, registration date and date issued.
The Long Form Marriage Certificate is a restricted and certified photographic copy of the original Marriage Registration which is available to either party to the marriage or to another person upon written consent from either party to the marriage.
The Long Form Marriage Certificate contains all of the information on a Short Form Certificate and may contain the following information of both parties to the marriage: marital status, age, religious denomination, residence, place of birth, full name of parents, birthplace of parents and marriage officiant.
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 Nova Scotia Vital Statistics, fees will be applied to the search cost and will not be refunded.
If you have not received your Marriage Certificate within the expected timeframe, you may contact the Nova Scotia Vital Statistics Agency to check the status of your application.
Toll Free: 1-877-848-2578 (Nova Scotia only)