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Marriage Certificate

After Nova Scotia Vital Statistics receives your Marriage Registration Form and registers the event, you may apply to Vital Statistics for an official Marriage Certificate which is your legal proof that the marriage has occurred.

Certificate Formats

The Nova Scotia marriage certificate is available in two formats, short form and photographic print of registration (formerly long form).

Short Form

The short form marriage certificate contains the following information:

  • full names of parties to the marriage
  • date of marriage
  • place of marriage
  • registration number
  • registration date
  • date issued

Photographic Print of Registration (Long Form)

The photographic print of registration is restricted, subject to the Vital Statistics Act, and is a certified photographic copy of the original marriage registration, it is available to either party to the marriage or to another person upon written consent from either party to the marriage or a lawyer representing one of the parties to the marriage. The photographic print of registration contains all of the same information that is on a short form certificate and may contain the following additional details:           

  • trade or profession
  • marital status
  • age
  • religious denomination
  • residence
  • place of birth
  • full name of parents
  • birthplace of parents
  • Marriage officiant

For more information about certificate costs, please visit Vital Statistics Fees.

How to Apply

There are many easy and convenient ways to apply for a marriage certificate

Online

We offer an online marriage certificate request service. To apply online, please visit our Marriage Certificate Online Service.

If you apply using our online service, you can pay using:

  • Visa, MasterCard or American Express
  •  Interac® Online

Other Service Options

You can also apply in person at our office, by fax, by mail, or you can drop off an application at any N.S. Registry of Motor Vehicle office or Access Nova Scotia office to be processed through the mail.

You can download an application form to request a certificate from the following link:

If you apply by mail, the following payment options are available:

  • Cheque or money order payable to the Minister of Finance
  • Visa, MasterCard or American Express

PLEASE DO NOT SEND CASH THROUGH THE MAIL

French Names

If the name of either party to the marriage contains any French characters or symbols, please ensure they are clearly displayed on the certificate application form.

Searches

All certificate prices include a three-year search. A three-year search may be requested without purchasing a certificate (confirmation of event only). For more information about search fees, please visit Vital Statistics Fees.  

Certificates are issued in accordance with information on file and cannot be returned for refund.