A new birth certificate can be obtained from any office of the Directeur de l'Etat Civil. The application form must be filled out completely, including all of your personal information as well as the details of the individual whose birth certificate is being requested. Your doctor will probably be able to give you instructions on how to complete this form if necessary.
In most cases, it is not necessary to provide evidence of identity or residence when applying for a birth certificate. However, if this requirement applies to you, then you will need to provide some form of identification such as a driver's license, passport, social insurance number, or credit card with your name and address on it.
The cost of a birth certificate is $65 CDN but this can be paid by using either a debit card or a credit card. If you have poor credit, however, there are other options available to you. A financial institution may be willing to offer you a loan with reasonable interest rates if you can provide them with a letter of recommendation from a member of the clergy or an official at your place of work. Such recommendations can also help if you have bad credit or no credit at all because they take these factors into account when deciding whether to grant you a loan.
Your doctor can also suggest other sources of information about your background for which there is no charge.
How can I obtain a birth certificate?
Using the DEClic! online service to obtain a birth certificate. By completing the Application for a Certificate or Copy of an Act of Birth, which is accessible on the Directeur de l'Etat Civil website, at its Quebec and Montreal offices, and in all Services Quebec offices that provide Directeur de l'Etat civil services. Certificates are issued free of charge but applications can cost up to $35 depending on the requirements of the certificate.
A form is available on the Quebec government website with questions you may be asked by the director of civil records when registering a birth. Make sure you complete it completely so there are no mistakes when submitting your application.
The form is divided into three parts: introduction, circumstances of the birth and personal information. You will need to provide details about the father of the child if he is not the parent who gave birth to the child. He will not be able to sign the form however; only the mother can sign it under pain of perjury if she changes her mind later. The form does ask for the name of the father but he is not required to provide this information.
You can submit your application any time after the birth. However, if the director of civil records finds evidence that someone else has already registered the same birth, they will not be able to issue you a certificate.
It is presently not feasible to obtain a birth certificate for free online. You can apply for a replacement birth certificate by completing an online application form, but you must pay an issue fee to acquire the certificate. Birth certificate requests are handled by vital records offices. The location of these offices varies by state, but they generally include the governor's office, secretary of state's office, or other official repository of birth certificates. For more information on where to find vital records, visit www.familysearch.org.
In addition to applying and paying for a replacement certificate, there are several other ways to get a free birth certificate. Find out about them below.
Free Birth Certificates Through Social Security
Social Security Administration (SSA) employees may be able to provide you with a copy of your birth certificate for free if you applied for Social Security benefits within the last 60 years. To find out if this option is available to you, contact the local Social Security office. There is no longer a general filing system for Social Security claims so it is best to check with your local office directly.
Free Birth Certificates From States
Some states offer a free birth certificate search service on their website. These services usually allow you to enter some basic information about yourself and your family history to see if a record exists.