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Vital Statistics

Marriage Registration

Who Needs This Registration?
When anyone is married in Nova Scotia, that marriage needs to be officially registered by the Vital Statistics Office of the Government of Nova Scotia. This formal documentation is your proof of marriage.

Note: As is explained below, this Registration is not the same as a marriage licence.
Issuing Department / Agency:
Vital Statistics Office
Service Nova Scotia
Where can you get this Certificate and / or further information?
Phone Outside of Nova Scotia:  902-424-4381
Toll-Free in Nova Scotia:  1-877-848-2578
Hours:  8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (except Holidays).
Visit Vital Statistics Office
Service Nova Scotia
300 Horseshoe Lake Drive
Halifax, NS B3S 0B7
E-mail VSTAT@novascotia.ca
Write: P.O. Box 157
Halifax, NS  B3J 2M9
Canada
Fax 902-450-7311
Application Process:
A couple who wants to be married first gets a marriage licence and takes it to a clergyperson, judge or justice of the peace. They perform the marriage ceremony and then complete the official marriage registration, which then becomes the official record of the marriage.

The clergyperson, judge or justice of the peace then returns the documents to the Deputy Issuer of Marriage Licences, who then forwards them to Vital Statistics.

Waiting Period:
2 business days
Provided that all the items that must accompany the application have been received
(Please allow several extra days for mail delivery.)
Expiry :
This registration does not expire.
Price:
  1. There is no fee for the marriage registration itself. The fee for the marriage ceremony is set by agreement between the Clergy and couple being married.
  2. The fee is set by the Crown if the marriage is performed by a Judge or Justice of the Peace in chamber (courtroom).
  3. If the marriage is performed by a Judge or Justice of the Peace anywhere other than in a courtroom, then the fee for the ceremony is set by agreement between the Judge and the couple being married.
Related Requirements:
  1. Marriage: Licence, Service Nova Scotia: Vital Statistics
  2. Marriage: Registration of Clergy, Service Nova Scotia: Vital Statistics
Additional Information:
A clergyperson must be registered to perform marriages through the Vital Statistics office.
Legislative Authority:
Solemnization of Marriage Act, Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1989, Chapter 436

Last Updated: June 2012

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