How do I register my baby’s birth in Ontario?

5. Get a birth certificate

If you want your child's birth certificate, you have to apply for it. You can do this when you register your child's birth online or with a paper Statement of Live Birth form. You can also do it later.

There are 3 types of birth certificates:

  1. Birth certificate: recommended for people 16 years of age or older
  2. Birth certificate with parental information: recommended for children under 16 years
  3. Certified birth certificate: for people who need more information on their birth certificate

This chart shows you the differences between the 3 types of birth certificates:

 

 

Birth certificate

Birth certificate with parental information

Certified birth certificate

Recommended for

People 16 years of age or older

Children under 16 years

People who need more information

Cost

$25 for first order; $35 afterwards

$25 for first order; $35 afterwards

$35 for first order; $45 afterwards

Can be ordered as part of the “5-in-1 newborn bundle”

Yes

Yes

Yes

Includes information about the child

Yes

Yes

Yes

Can be ordered with a gender neutral option that doesn't have the child's sex

Yes

Yes

No

Includes information about parents

No

Yes

Yes

Includes details of all changes, including any names changes and corrections to information

No

No

Yes

Can be used to get a social insurance number

Yes

Yes

Yes

Can be used to get an Ontario driver's license or health card

Yes

Yes

Yes

Can be used to get a passport for an adult

Yes

Yes

Yes

Can be used to get a passport for a child

No

Yes

Yes

Can be used to get health insurance for a child

No

Yes

Yes

Can be used for immigration or citizenship applications

 

No

Some types of immigration or citizenship applications

Yes

Can be used where more detailed information is needed, for example:
  • applying for Indian Status
  • adopting a child abroad
  • applying for a travel visa

No

No

Yes

Order online

The Ontario government's 5-in-1 Newborn Bundle lets you order any type of birth certificate when you register your child's birth. See Step 4.

You can also order a birth certificate online at any time after you've registered your child's birth.

It usually takes about 6 to 8 weeks to get the certificate in the mail. Sometimes, you may be able to get it faster. You can check the status of your application online.

Order by mail, courier, or fax

To order a birth certificate by mail, fill out the Request for Birth Certificate form. You can order any type of birth certificate on the paper form.

You can send it by mail, courier or fax. The address and fax number are on the form.

It usually takes about 6 to 8 weeks to get the certificate in the mail. To check the status of your application, call ServiceOntario at 416-325-8305 or toll-free at 1-800-461-2156.

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