Every couple marrying in British Columbia receives a marriage certificate by mail once Vital Statistics has registered their marriage. On average, couples receive their marriage certificate three weeks after the wedding takes place.
Vital Statistics mails the certificate to the address the couple provided when they bought the marriage licence.
If you lose your marriage certificate or need additional certificates, you can apply for them at any time after the marriage is registered. Each certificate costs $27.
Who can Order a Marriage Certificate
B.C. marriage certificates can be ordered by:
- either person named on the marriage certificate; or
- a person with written authorization from a person named on the marriage certificate.
How to Order a Marriage Certificate
After you have confirmed that you are eligible to receive a marriage certificate, you can apply in any one of the following four ways:
Use the Vital Statistics Agency's secure online ordering service. A credit card is required.
Send a completed Application for Marriage Certificate or Registration Photocopy (VSA 430M) form (PDF, 1MB) with payment to:
Vital Statistics Agency
PO Box 9657 Stn Prov Govt
Go to any Service BC counter.You do not need to fill out an application, but will need to provide the customer service representative with the same details about the birth that are requested on the Application for Marriage Certificate or Registration Photocopy (VSA 430M) form (PDF, 1MB). You will also need to provide payment.
Call the Vital Statistics Agency at (250) 952-2681 in Victoria or 1-888-876-1633 elsewhere in B.C. A credit card is required.
Cost & Processing Times
$27 per marriage certificate, average 2 to 5 business days processing time and delivered by mail
$60 per marriage certificate, produced the next business day and delivered by courier
What B.C. Marriage Certificates Look Like
Vital Statistics sends a marriage certificate to each couple after their marriage is registered. All B.C. marriage certificates are 21.6 cm x 17.8 cm and include the information described below for both parties to the marriage: