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Domestic Partnership Certificate

Who Needs This Certificate?

Anyone, regardless of where they now live, who needs proof of a domestic partnership which was registered  in Nova Scotia.

Note:  For information on how to contact another province or territory of Canada, please visit the Canadian Vital Statistics Offices page or you can contact The Service Nova Scotia Call Centre at 902--424-5851.  (If outside metro Halifax, call 1-800-670-4357, toll-free in Nova Scotia only.).  We also have a list of United States Vital Statistics Offices.

Issuing Department / Agency:
  Vital Statistics Office
Service Nova Scotia
Where can you get this Certificate and / or further information?
  Phone Vital Statistics Office:  902-424-4381
(or toll-free in Nova Scotia only:  1-877-848-2578 
You will get a taped message; please select Option 2 for other types of certificates.
  Write P.O. Box 157, Halifax, NS  B3J 2M9  Canada
  Visit Vital Statistics Office
300 Horseshoe Lake Drive
Halifax, NS B3S 0B7

Hours:   8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (except Holidays)

  Fax 902-450-7311
Application Forms & Process:
  There are 2 types of Domestic Partnership Certificates. To figure out which type of Certificate you need, and whether or not you are eligible to get one, see Additional Information, below.

How to apply

1) You can apply at the Vital Statistics office in Halifax (see address above).  This is the ONLY way to get a certificate immediately.

2) You can apply by mail.

3) You can apply at any Access Nova Scotia Centre, or any Registry of Motor Vehicles office.

A convenient application form is available.  To get one:

1) Domestic Partnership Certificate Application [ Adobe Reader- 64.19 kb]; or 
2) call the number listed above and press 2 to talk to a customer service representative, who can have one mailed to you; or 
3) write or fax the Vital Statistics office listed above; or 
4) visit the Vital Statistics office in Halifax, or any Access Nova Scotia Centre, or any Registry of Motor Vehicles office.

It is not necessary to use an application form to apply for a certificate.  As long as you give complete information on all the key details of the event in a letter, and pay the proper fee, your application can be processed.

The information you need to provide is explained under Additional Information, below.

To return the application form, you can:

1) mail or deliver it to the Vital Statistics office in Halifax (see address above);

2) take it to any Access Nova Scotia Centre or Registry of Motor Vehicles office.

Process:  After your application and the proper payment have been received by the Vital Statistics office in Halifax, the certificate will normally be processed within 10 business days, and sent to you by mail.  Please allow additional days for postal delivery.

In case of emergency, the certificate can be sent by courier to the applicant.  There is an additional charge of $20 for this service.

Waiting Period:

In person: 15 minutes

By Mail: 10 business days
Provided that all the items that must accompany the application have been received
(Please allow several extra days for mail delivery.)

Expiry :
  These certificates do not expire.
Price and Payment: (No tax is charged)
  Short Form $33.00  
  Certified Copy $39.90 restricted


Payment at the Vital Statistics officecash, Interac debit card, Visa, Mastercard or American Express credit card, or cheque or money order made out to the Minister of Finance.

Payment by Mail:  Visa, Mastercard or American Express credit card or by cheque or money order made out to the Minister of Finance

Payment online or by fax:  Visa, Mastercard or American Express credit card.

Note:  you can make payment online for previous requests, using "payment on account"
Related Requirements:
Additional Information:
  1. Restrictions:  Release of all Long Form Certified Copies of Domestic Partnership are subjec to restrictions as set out in the Vital Statistics Act.
  2. All certificates are issued in accordance with information on file and cannot be returned for refund.
Domestic Partnership Certificates:

Note: this Certificate can be issued only AFTER the domestic partnership has been properly registered with the Vital Statistics office of the Province of Nova Scotia.  For more on that process, see Domestic Partnership Registration.

(a) The Short form certificate contains this information:

Full names of both partners
registration date & number, and
date issued.

(b) The Long form certificate is a certified photocopy of the Domestic Partner registration.  It contains all the information in (a) above, plus each partner's date of birth, age, and residence at the time of filing; and the signatures of both partners and their witness(es).  Because that is confidential information, this is a restricted document; all applications are subject to review by the Deputy Registrar General.

To get a Certificate of Domestic Partnership, you must know the full names of both partners; and the date the partnership was registered.  To get a Long form, you must also state your relationship to the partners.  The person seeking the certificate may be required to provide some identification.

Who qualifies to apply for a Domestic Partnership Certificate
Domestic Partnership Certificates
may be released to:
Either of the partners of the domestic partnership;
b) A lawyer representing one of the partners of the domestic partnership;
c) To a third party upon the written consent of one of the partners.

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

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