Death Certificates

A death certificate is an extract of the information provided on the death registration. Individuals handling the estate of a deceased person will need to produce the death certificate whenever they are required to provide proof of death (e.g. to cancel a health card or driver's licence or to settle insurance or investments).

Who can Order a Death Certificate?

Any person can apply for a death certificate.

How to Order a Death 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.

By Mail

Send a completed Application for Death Certificate or Registration Photocopy (VSA 430D) form (PDF, 1.21MB) with payment to:

Vital Statistics Agency
PO Box 9657 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, B.C.
V8W 9P3

In Person

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 death that are requested on the Application for Death Certificate or Registration Photocopy (VSA 430D) form (PDF, 1.21MB). You will also need to provide payment.

By Phone

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

Mail Delivery

$27 per death certificate. Prints within 2 to 5 business days. plus mailing time from Victoria to you.

Courier Delivery
$60 per death certificate. Prints the next business day, plus courier delivery time from Victoria to you.

What B.C. Death Certificates Look Like

(21.6 cm x 17.8 cm)

Includes the following information about the deceased:

  • Full name
  • Sex
  • Date of death
  • Place of death
  • Age
  • Place of birth
  • Province/state and/or country of residence
  • Registration number
  • Date of registration