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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 long form.

Short Form

The short form marriage certificate contains the following information:

  • surnames and given names of both parties to the marriage
  • date of marriage
  • place of marriage
  • registration date
  • registration number
  • date issued

Long Form

The long form marriage certificate is a restricted and 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. The long form marriage certificate may contain the following information of both parties to the marriage:

  • place of marriage
  • given name(s) and surname
  • trade or profession
  • marital status
  • age
  • religious denomination
  • residence
  • place of birth
  • full name of parents
  • birthplace of parents

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


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 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


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.


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.