Older Uniform Acts

Uniform Vital Statistics Act (1987)

Issue of certificates and copies

31. (1) A certificate of birth or marriage may be issued by the director, on application in the prescribed form and on payment of the prescribed fee, only to

(a) a person named in the certificate,

(b) a parent whose name appears on the registration from which the certificate is to be issued,

(c) a spouse of a person whose name appears on the registration from which the certificate is to be issued,

(d) a person on the authorization in writing of the person named in the certificate or of the parents or spouse of the person named in the certificate,

(e) a lawyer acting for the person named in the certificate or for the parents or spouse of the person named in the certificate,

(f) a person on the order of a court,

(g) a public officer who requires it for use in the discharge of official duties, or

(h) a person on the authority in writing of the Minister.

(2) A birth certificate shall contain

(a) the name of the person,

(b) the date of birth,

(c) the place of birth,

(d) the sex of the person,

(e) the date of registration, and

(f) the registration number,

and may contain the names of the parents.

(3) A copy or certified copy of the registration of a birth may be issued by the director on application in the prescribed form and on payment of the prescribed fee only to

(a) the person to whom the registration applies, if that person is an adult,

(b) a person who is shown on the registration as the mother or father of the person in respect of whom the registration applies,

(c) a person who requires it to comply with the (Adoption Act),

(d) a public officer who requires it for use in the discharge of official duties,

(e) a person on the order of a court, or

(f) a person on the authority in writing of the Minister.

(4) A copy or certified copy of the registration of a marriage may be issued by the director on application in the prescribed form and on payment of the prescribed fee only to

(a) a party to the marriage,

(b) a person on the authority in writing of a party to the marriage,

(c) a lawyer acting for a party to the marriage,

(d) the legal representative of a party to the marriage,

(e) a person on the order of a court, or

(f) a person on the authority in writing of the Minister.

(5) Any person, on applying, furnishing information satisfactory to the director and paying the prescribed fee, may, subject to subsection (6), obtain a certificate in the prescribed form in respect of the registration of a death.

(6) No certificate issued in respect of the registration of a death shall be issued in a manner that discloses the cause of death as certified on the medical certificate, except

(a) to the mother, father, brother, sister, spouse or common law spouse of the deceased or to the adult child of the deceased,

(b) on the authority in writing of the Minister, or

(c) on the order of a court.

(7) A copy or certified copy of the registration of a death or stillbirth may only be issued on application in the prescribed form and on payment of the prescribed fee to a person

(a) on the authority in writing of the Minister,

(b) on the order of a court, or

(c) who satisfies the director that it is required to accompany an application to disinter a body.

(8) The director may refuse to issue a certificate, copy or certified copy under this section if the director has reason to believe that the document is to be used for an unlawful or improper purpose.

(9) Any person, on application in the prescribed form and on payment of the prescribed fee, may, with the approval of the director and subject to the same limitations as those set out in subsections (1), (3), (4), (6) and (7), obtain a certificate in the prescribed form in respect of the record of a baptism, marriage or burial placed on file under section 27.

(10) In respect of the issuance of the certificates, copies or certified copies, or any of them, mentioned in subsections (1), (3), (4), (6), (7) and (9), the Minister may in writing dispense with the authority required from him by those subsections or may dispense with that authority in cases and circumstances specified by him.

(11) No certificate, copy or certified copy shall be issued under this Act in respect of the registration of an adoption, change of name or annulment of marriage.

(12) Notwithstanding subsections (1), (3), (4), (6), (7) and (9), any person, on application in the prescribed form and on payment of the prescribed fee, may obtain a copy or certified copy of

(a) a registration of birth, stillbirth, marriage or death, or

(b) the record of a baptism, marriage or burial placed on file under section 27 after 100 years after the event that was registered or recorded.

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2020 Annual Meeting

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