Registration of Live Birth for Genealogical Research
Vital Statistics can provide you with the exact time and birth weight of a child if these were recorded when the birth was registered. We obtain this information from a search of Notices of Births (NOBs) available from 1944 to the present.
If the time of birth and weight are available, Vital Statistics provides them in a separate letter along with the Registration of Live Birth for Genealogical Research.
Who Can Order a Registration of Live Birth for Genealogy?
The following people may order a Registration of Live Birth for Genealogy:
- you, if it is for your own birth registration;
- anyone, if the birth record is for a person who has been deceased for 20 years or more and proof of death is produced;
- anyone, if the record has been in existence for 120 years or more;
- the closest living relative* of the person named, on production of proof of death and relationship; or
- anyone who has the written consent of an eligible person.
* Closest living relative is defined as mother, father, son, daughter, spouse, sister, brother, grandparent, grandchild.
How to Order a Registration of Live Birth for Genealogical Research
After you have confirmed that you are eligible to receive a birth registration, you can apply in either of the following two ways:
Send a completed Application for Genealogy Certificate (VSA 013) form (PDF, 796KB) with payment to:
Vital Statistics Agency
PO Box 9657 Stn Prov Govt
Bring a completed Application for Genealogy Certificate (VSA 013) form (PDF, 796KB) with payment to any Service BC counter.
Cost & Processing Times
$50 per genealogy certificate. Prints within 20 business days, plus mailing time from Victoria to you.
Not available for the genealogy certificate.