The short form death certificate contains the following information:
The long form death certificate contains all the following information, if this information is contained on the death record.
Older death records may not contain full information.
For more information about certificate costs, please visit Vital Statistics Fees.
You can also apply in person at our office, by mail, or you can drop off an application at any N.S. Registry of Motor Vehicle office or Access Nova Scotia office to be processed through the mail.
You can download an application form to request a certificate from the following link:
If you apply by mail, the following payment options are available:
PLEASE DO NOT SEND CASH THROUGH THE MAIL
If you apply in person, the following payment options are available:
If you apply by fax, the following payment option is available:
Please Note: After your application and the proper payment have been received by the Vital Statistics office in Halifax, the certificate will normally be processed within 10 business days, and sent to you by mail. Please allow additional days for postal delivery
If the name of the deceased contains any French characters or symbols, please ensure they are clearly displayed on the certificate application form.
All certificate prices include a three-year search. A three-year search may be requested without purchasing a certificate (confirmation of event only) for the applicable fee please go to Vital Statistics Fees. Certificates are issued in accordance with information on file and cannot be returned for refund.