Your marriage has been celebrated. Congratulations! Now do you want to know how to obtain your marriage certificate or a copy of your act of marriage? Here’s how to do it!
At the time of your marriage ceremony, the notary celebrating civil marriages (or any other authorized officiant) gives you a copy of the Declaration of Marriage. The Declaration of Marriage’s green copy is temporary proof of your marriage.
As soon as your ceremony is over, the notary officiant immediately sends the Declaration of your marriage to the Registrar of Civil Status. As soon as he receives it, the Registrar of Civil Status registers your marriage with the Quebec registry of civil status. This registration can take 3 to 6 weeks.
Difference between a copy of an act of marriage and marriage certificate
The marriage certificate and the act of marriage are both used as proof of the marriage. However, there are several differences between the two documents.
The marriage certificate is 21.5cm x 18.5cm and contains the surnames, first names, sex of the spouses, the date and place of marriage, the registration number, the document number (since March 29, 2005), the date of issue and, if applicable, mentions entered in the deed since it was drawn up.
The copy of the act of marriage is 21.5cm x 26.7cm and fully reproduces the information shown on the marriage certificate, document number (since March 29, 2005) and the issue date. The copy of the act of marriage also includes the dates of birth of the spouses, the names of the spouses’ parents, the witnesses’ names and the name of the marriage celebrant.
Before ordering a certificate or a copy of the act of marriage, find out about the type and format of the document to be presented, whether it’s for an immigration application or for administrative procedures.
How to obtain your marriage certificate
As soon as your marriage is registered with the Quebec civil status register, you will receive a letter at your home advising you that your marriage certificate or the copy of your act of marriage is available. You will then have to order your marriage certificate or the copy of your act of marriage online at http://www.etatcivil.gouv.qc.ca/fr/services.html or in person by going to a regional Services Québec service point or to a service counter of the Registrar of Civil Status.
Mtre Mona Salehi, Notary and Civil Marriage Celebrant in Montreal
Direct line: 514-903-8560
Mtre Mona Salehi is a member of the Chambre de notaires du Québec, the Association professionnelle des notaires du Québec and the International Union of Notaries.
Please note that this article is not legal advice or an opinion. For advice appropriate to your situation and before making a decision or taking any action, you are advised to consult a notary.