Eligibility for Birth Documents

The following persons are eligible to apply for a birth certificate or photocopy of a Registration of Birth:

a)  The person whose birth is registered. 

b)  The parent of the person whose birth is registered as established by the Registration of Birth or by court order.
- A copy of the applicable court order must be attached to the application (when applicable). 

c)  A person adopting a child.
- Proof of a pending adoption must be attached to the application; e.g., petition of adoption. 

d)  A guardian, trustee or person with power of attorney for a person described in (a) or (b).
- A copy of the legal document must be attached to the application. 

e)  A person who is designated by a personal directive as an agent of the person described in (a).
- A copy of the legal document must be attached to the application. 

f)  A person who is a designated agent for a person described in (a) to (e).
- Consent and the statutory declaration on the application form must be completed. 

g)  A person with an order from the court.
- A copy of the order must be attached to the application. 

h)  A lawyer for a person described in (a) to (e) or (g).
- A copy of a valid Law Society card must be attached to the application. 

i)  A person who requires it to comply with other legislation.
- A copy of the legislation must be attached to the application.

Person whose birth is registered is a minor

j)  When the minor is younger than 12 years of age, the application must be made on behalf of the child by (b), (c), (d), (g) or (i).

k)  Between the ages of 12 and 14 the minor may make the application with the written consent of the minor’s parent or guardian. 

l)  Over the age of 14, the minor may make the application on his or her own behalf.

Person whose birth is registered is deceased

m)  An adult next-of-kin* of the person whose birth is registered, including a minor parent.
- Death certificate and either proof of relationship or an Affidavit of Relationship must be attached to the application.  

n)  The executor of the deceased person’s estate.
- Death certificate and a copy of the will identifying the executor must be attached to the application. 

o)  An adult relative of the deceased person when there are no eligible applicants.
- Death certificate and either proof of Relationship or an Affidavit of Relationship must be attached to the application.

* Next-of-kin: Mother, father, brother, sister, children, spouse, or adult interdependent partner. This does not include in-laws, grand children, step relatives, aunt, uncles, nieces or nephews. Persons who have been adopted or who have placed their child for adoption are not “next-of-kin” to biological relations.

Anyone may apply for a birth document

p)  When the birth record is 120 years old or older; or 

q)  When 50 years has passed since the death of the person whose birth is registered.