Birth registration is free, but you’ll need a credit card to order a birth certificate at the same time
It takes 3-4 weeks to register a birth and issue birth certificates. Incomplete or late documents can cause delays. For more information, see Birth Registration.
B.C.'s Vital Statistics Agency registers all births, adoptions, marriages, deaths and changes of name that occur in British Columbia. The certificates issued by the Vital Statistics Agency are legal proof of these vital events.
This section will tell you how to register your child’s birth, order birth documents, make changes to a birth record, and undertake genealogical research.
This section contains information on marriage registration and certificates. Find out how to marry in British Columbia, order a marriage certificate, change a marriage record, and search for a marriage licence issuer or marriage commissioner.
This section contains information on death registrations and certificates. Find out how to register a death in British Columbia, order a death certificate, or change a death record.
Changing your name is an important decision that can have far-reaching effects on your personal and business relationships. If you were born in Canada, a legal change of name also changes the name on your birth record. It’s important to understand the steps required in a legal name change, the cost, and the effect it will have on your life.
The Vital Statistics Agency registers all adoptions granted in B.C. and updates the birth records of children born and adopted here. Find out how eligible individuals can access adoption records, and what limitations there might be on the amount of information a record can reveal.
The Vital Statistics Agency provides a variety of application methods to make applying for certificates and certified registration copies/extracts accessible to all British Columbians.
Access statistics and reports produced by the Vital Statistics Agency, including B.C.'s most popular baby names, annual reports, quarterly digests, and marriage reports.
Most of the forms on this page are fillable, which means you can type your information directly onto the form before printing it.