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Vital Statistics

Live Birth Registration

Who Needs This Registration?

The parent of a newborn child in Nova Scotia needs this registration. If the birth is not properly registered, a birth certificate cannot be issued.

Issuing Department / Agency:

Any local division Registrar of Births and Stillbirths properly authorized by the Government of Nova Scotia.

Where can you get this Registration and / or further information?
Any Local division Registrar of Births and Stillbirths properly authorized by the Government of Nova Scotia. These can be reached through the Medical Records Director at your local hospital.
Application Forms & Process:

The parent completes the registration form in the hospital at the time of the birth. When the form is completed, it is submitted to the Local Division Registrar at the hospital, who signs it and then forwards it to the Vital Statistics Section, Service Nova Scotia.

The registration form should be submitted within 30 days.

If more than a year goes by before it is filed, then: (a) a Delayed Registration of Birth will have to be filed, and (b) evidence of the birth will have to be produced, and (c) there will be a fee of $24.20 for the delayed filing.

Waiting Period:
No Fee
Related Requirements:

Additional forms may be required.  The Local Division Registrar will advise the parent(s) after they review the completed form.

Additional Information:

The receipt of the registration form is not acknowledged by the Vital Statistics Office.

For administrative purposes only, contact the Vital Statistics Office.

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
Write: P.O. Box 157
Halifax, NS  B3J 2M9
Fax 902-450-7311
Legislative Authority:

Vital Statistics Act, Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1989, Chapter 494

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