Fees and Processing Time

Time period for entering a new event in the register

In order for a civil status document to be issued in respect of a birth, marriage, civil union or death, the event must first be entered in the Québec register of civil status. Before you can obtain a certificate, a copy of an act or an attestation concerning an event, you must enter that event in the register.

Documents required to enter a new event

Events Documents required Who must submit the document?
Birth Declaration of birth Parents
Return of birth Health institution or birth centre
Marriage or civil union Return of marriage or civil union Officiant
Death Declaration of Death Funeral home
Return of death Physician or funeral home

Complete and compliant documents

The time period for entering a new event in the register of civil status begins when the required documents mentioned in the table above are received by the Directeur de l’état civil.

If the documents received are incomplete or non-compliant, additional processing time may be required before the event can be entered.

The additional processing time may also vary depending on the number of events to be entered in the register or the complexity of the cases.

Examples of incomplete or non-compliant documents

  • The declaration is incomplete (it is not signed, not all fields of the form are filled out, etc.).
  • The information in the declaration differs from the information in the attestation of birth or the attestation of death.
  • The attestation of birth or the attestation of death is incomplete (in general, a request for additional information is sent to hospital centres).
  • The information in the declaration differs from the information in the register of civil status.
    • Examples:

    • The matrimonial status of the parents in the declaration of birth is "married", whereas in the register, it is "single".
    • The matrimonial status of the person in the declaration of death is "divorced", whereas in the register, it is "married". In such a situation, the judgment of divorce must be obtained, and the divorce must then be entered in the register.

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Fees and processing time for obtaining a certificate or copy of an act

The cost of a document varies, depending on how the application is submitted and the type of processing selected. We offer normal and accelerated processing of applications.

If you choose normal processing, the document will be sent to you by regular mail. If you choose accelerated processing, the document will be mailed to you by Xpresspost, if the delivery address is in Canada.

Fees and Processing Time Footnote 1*
Method used to file your application Normal processing (10 business days)

If the event occurred recently, add the time period for entering it in the register.
Accelerated processing (3 business days)

If the event occurred recently, add the time period for entering it in the register.
Cost per certificate Cost per copy of an act Cost per certificate Cost per copy of an act
Online $32.75 $39.75 $64.00 $64.00
By mail $47.00 $54.50 $69.50 $69.50
At a service counter $52.50 $58.50 $74.50 $74.50
At a service counter using the DEClic! Comptoir online service $32.75 $39.75 $64.00 $64.00

Footnote 1

*  Excluding event registration time (if recent event) and delivery time.
   The amounts are in Canadian dollars and are in effect until March 31, 2020. Return to footnote 1

Additional processing time

Additional processing time may be required in the following cases:

  • The event (birth, marriage, civil union or death) occurred recently and is not yet entered in the register.
  • The application is incomplete (it is not signed, payment is not included, not all fields of the form are filled out, etc.).
  • The information on the form differs from the information in the register.
  • It is difficult to verify certain information concerning the identity of an applicant or a guarantor.
  • The address for delivery of the documents indicated on the form differs from the address on the photocopies of documents.
  • The photocopies of documents do not meet the requirements indicated in the general information and instructions of the Application for a certificate or copy of an act form.

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Fees and processing time for obtaining a attestation

We offer normal and accelerated processing of applications. Cost and processing time vary according to the type of processing you choose, the period covered by the search and the accuracy of the information you provide in support of your application. If the information provided is accurate, the cost of an attestation may be appreciably lower.

If you choose normal processing, the document will be sent to you by regular mail. If you choose accelerated processing, the document will be mailed to you by Xpresspost. Please note that Xpresspost service is available only in Canada.

Fees and Processing Time Footnote 2*
Accuracy of the information provided and period covered by the search Normal processing (10 business days) Accelerated processing (3 business days)
Cost per attestation Cost per attestation
The information provided is accurate $6.75 $40.25
The information provided is approximate or incomplete (period covered by a search of years or less) $22.70 $55.95
Cost for every additional year searched $4.60 $4.60

Footnote 2

*  Excluding event registration time (if recent event) and delivery time.
   The amounts are in Canadian dollars and are in effect until March 31, 2020. Return to footnote 2

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Other fee-based services offered by the Directeur de l'état civil

The table below shows the fees charged.

Other fee-based services
Services Fees
Surname or given name change for one person only (adult or child, including issuance of the first change of name certificate) $140.00
Surname change for a child under 18, when included with surname change for the parent (including issuance of the first change of name certificate) $28.50
Issuance of a change of name certificate $11.40
Change of sex designation $140.00
Issuance of a change of sex designation certificate $11.40
Processing of a late declaration of filiation (less than one year) $56.75
Processing of a late declaration of filiation (more than one year) $114.00
Processing of an application for late registration of birth (less than one year) $56.75
Processing of an application for late registration of birth (more than one year) $114.00

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Reviewed: 2019-04-01


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