Ontario

Ontario Birth Certificate

A Government issued Birth Certificate is required to establish legal identity, obtain a Canadian passport, apply for a health card, driver’s license, social insurance number, enroll in school, settle an estate or access pension benefits.

How To Apply
Who can apply

Every child born in Ontario must be registered with the Office of the Registrar General before applying for a Birth Certificate. If your child is more than one year of age and you have not yet registered their birth, you will need to obtain a Delayed Statement of Live Birth form. Once the birth is registered, a Birth Certificate will be issued.

Please visit our Delayed Registration of Birth page to learn how to obtain this important document.

You can apply for an Ontario Birth Certificate if you are:

  • The person whose name appears on the certificate (must be at least 13 years of age);
  • Parents of the person named on the certificate (if that person is less than 19 years of age or incapable);
  • A legal guardian of the person named on the certificate;
  • Next-of-kin, executor or estate administrator, if the person named on the certificate is deceased.
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.

Documents:

Short Form - Birth Certificate (Wallet Size 2.5" x 3.75"):

The short form is a Birth Certificate and contains basic information: the individual’s name, date of birth, certificate number, birthplace, sex, date of registration, registration number, and the date issued. The short form is not issued for deceased persons.

Long Form - Certified Copy Of Birth Registration (8.5" x 14"):

The long form is a Certified Copy of the Birth Registration and contains all registered information as stated above, plus the location of birth, parents' names, parents' date of birth, mother's mailing address at the time of birth, duration of pregnancy, number of children born to this mother, weight of the child at birth, type of birth (single, multiple, etc.), and attendant at the birth. You may need a certified copy if: you are moving to another country; you are an executor for a foreign estate; you are adopting a child; or you are filling out certain citizenship or immigration documents.

When submitting an application concerning the birth of a minor, we recommend requesting the Long Form Birth Certificate, as it includes the parents' names. Some organizations require this type of certificate in the case of minors.

Search Letter:

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).

Service Options

Regular Service (15-20 business days)

Short Form

First Birth Certificate:$60.00
Replacement Birth Certificate:$70.00

Long Form

First Birth Certificate:$70.00
Replacement Birth Certificate:$80.00

Search Letter

(5 year period):$50.00

Rush Service (5-10 business days)

Short Form

First Birth Certificate:$90.00
Replacement Birth Certificate:$100.00

Long Form

First Birth Certificate:$100.00
Replacement Birth Certificate:$110.00

Search Letter

(5 year period):$80.00

Rush service is NOT available under the following circumstances:

Rush Service is not available for delivery outside Canada.
Newborns:
Ontario Birth Certificate will be issued upon completion of the birth registration. The registration takes approximately 16 weeks from the date of birth. Rush service is not available for newborns born within the last 16 weeks. Please contact the Office of the Registrar General at 1-800-461-2156 (Ontario Only) or 416-325-8305 if you require a certificate for a newborn on a rush basis.
Births Prior to 1930:
Births prior to 1930 may not Births prior to 1930 may not be in electronic format. When applying for an Ontario birth certificate for a birth prior to 1930, it can take up to an extra 6-8 weeks for the registration to be converted into electronic format before processing can be completed. Therefore, rush service is not available for these births.
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 the Office of the Registrar General, fees will be applied to the search cost and will not be refunded.
Guarantor

If you are applying for a Birth Certificate for an individual nine years of age or older, guarantor information is required. A guarantor is someone who has known you (the applicant) personally for at least 2 years during your life, is a Canadian citizen, and is currently serving in or a practicing member in good standing of a particular profession. Please see the Guarantor section of the Ontario Birth Certificate Application for a full listing of acceptable professions.

Status of your Application

If you have not received your Birth Certificate within the expected timeframe, you may contact the Office of The Registrar General to check the status of your application.

Toll Free: 1-800-461-2156 (Ontario Only)
Telephone: 416-325-8305