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Birth Certificate

Registering a Birth

You need to register your baby’s birth before you can get a birth certificate.

When your baby is born, your nurse will help you fill out a form with your baby’s information including his or her name and parents’ names.

After you register your child’s birth, you can apply for a birth certificate.

You can get help filling out forms at your local health centre.


Birth Certificate

A birth certificate is an important personal document that may be used for:

  • Legal identity
  • Age, sex or nationality
  • Travelling to other countries or applying for a passport
  • Applying for a Nunavut Health Card, a Social Insurance Number, or a driver’s license
  • School enrolment
  • Settling an estate
  • Accessing old age pension benefits

You can get a birth certificate if you are:

  • The person named on the birth registration
  • Named as a parent on the live birth registration
  • A legal representative (e.g. guardian, solicitor, or legal agent) of the person whose name is on the birth registration
  • The spouse of the person whose name is on the birth registration
  • An agent, or any other person, with written authorization of the person concerned or the parents
  • A person who requires the certificate for use in a court of law, for adoption, or for settlement of an estate
  • An officer of the Crown for official purposes
  • A government department approved by the Registrar General of Vital Statistics, when required for legal or other legitimate purposes


Get a Birth Certificate

The Department of Health can provide birth certificates dating back to the creation of Nunavut on April 1st, 1999.

To get a birth certificate, fill out the Application for Certificate form. Make sure that all of your information is correct.

The fee for all birth certificates is $10.00 per certificate and can be paid by cheque or money order made payable to the Government of Nunavut.

Note: If you are applying for a passport you will need the large birth certificate.

Mail completed forms to the following address:

Nunavut Vital Statistics
Department of Health
Box 889
Rankin Inlet, NU
X0C 0G0

Phone: (867) 645-8001
Fax: (867) -645-8092
Toll Free: (800) 661-0833