Are you now married? You’ll need a document to prove it for various purposes. In the province of Quebec, Canada, you can obtain a marriage certificate or a copy of an act of marriage from the Directeur de l’état civil du Québec.
The officiant at your wedding, your notary for example, has given you a copy of the marriage declaration after your ceremony. This document is temporary. He or she then sent this declaration to the Directeur de l’état civil du Québec to register the event. As soon as your marriage is entered in the Quebec register of civil status, you will be notified by mail that your marriage certificate or that your copy of an act of marriage is now available for you to request.
Obtaining a marriage certificate:
- Waiting for the marriage to be registered:
After the wedding ceremony, the officiant of your religious or civil marriage, such as your notary, will send the necessary documents to the Directeur de l’état civil for registration. When your marriage is entered in the register of civil status, you will receive a letter informing you that your marriage certificate or marriage act will be available for you to order.
- Processing time:
Registering the marriage and processing the certificate take some time. The processing time may vary depending on the time of year, but you should expect a process time of 30 to 45 days if the event is recent, and the documentation is complete.
- Ordering the marriage certificate:
Once the marriage has been registered, either spouse can apply for a marriage certificate. This can be done online via the Directeur de l’état civil’s website or by completing a paper form available on the same website. It is cheaper and quicker to use the online service if you can.
- Provide the necessary information:
You will need to provide details such as the names of the spouses, the date and place of the wedding, and any other information required.
Depending on whether the application is sent by post or online, and whether the processing time is normal or accelerated, the fees will vary from $35.75 to $76.00.
After processing your application, the Directeur de l’état civil will send the marriage certificate by mail.
Obtaining a copy of an act of marriage:
- Requesting a copy:
If you wish to obtain a copy of an act of marriage, you can apply to the Directeur de l’état civil du Québec in the same way as for the certificate.
- Providing information:
As with obtaining a marriage certificate, you will need to provide details of the marriage, including the names, date and place of the ceremony.
This time, fees vary from $43.25 to $76.00.
You will receive your copy of the act of marriage by mail.
Order online – Conditions of use
To apply online for a certificate or a copy of an act of marriage, or for any other events such as civil union, birth or death, use the DEClic! online service provided by the Directeur de l’état civil du Québec.
The conditions of use are summarized as follows:
- You must be mentioned in the act for which the document is requested. For example, you must be one of the spouses.
- You must have an identifier from the clicSÉQUR government authentication service.
- You must pay the fees with a valid credit card.
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