Before applying, find out the type and format of the document required by
contacting the organization to which you must submit it.
Short Form or Birth Certificate:
A birth certificate contains information taken from the birth registration. This birth certificate only contains information about the person named on the certificate; it does not contain parental information. This regular birth certificate replaces the old “short form” or wallet-sized birth certificate. You may want this type of birth certificate if you are applying for a Canadian passport, if you are applying for your first Social Insurance Number, if you need your driver’s license or you need to apply for a Health Card.
Long Form or Birth Certificate with Parental information:
This type of birth certificate contains both information about the person named in the certificate and their parental information, including both the parents’ names and places of birth. If you are getting a birth certificate for your child, this is the certificate you want to apply for (provided the appropriate time period has passed). It is also useful for your child’s passport, your child’s health card or health insurance and proving parentage for any other reason (such as if you are immigrating to another country or claiming citizenship of another country).
Certified Copy of Birth Registration:
A certified copy of birth registration is a certified copy of the Statement of Live Birth and therefore contains all details of the birth registration filed after the subject’s birth. The copy is certified as authentic by the Registrar general and contains a raised seal so that it is identifiable as issued from the Registrar. Please note this copy is printed on legal-sized paper.
The certified copy of birth registration contains all amendments that have been made to the birth registration including name changes and corrections of misprints. You should only apply for a certified copy of birth registration if you absolutely need it, as it contains a great deal of information about the subject and should only be shared with authorities if expressly requested. The certified copy of birth registration is normally used for adoptions, applying for Indian status, or claiming citizenship by descent from another country, or immigrating to another country.
This is a letter saying the record is or is not on file. A 5 year period will be
searched (the year provided, plus 2 years before and after).