Nova Scotia Death Certificates | Official Government Issued

Applications for Nova Scotia death certificates are available to be securely ordered online by proceeding to step 1 below.

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We act as agents for expediting vital certificate applications. We are not affiliated with any government agency. Vital certificates and forms may be ordered from the relevant government agency for free or a lesser cost. This site is available for use by the general public and legal profession to obtain government approved and official certificates issued by the government agency.

We accept all major credit cards and cheques. Most government vital record offices do not provide online ordering services or accept all major credit cards.

Our secure online ordering service saves you the hassle of having to personally attend government offices which often have long lineups. We also provide expert assistance and thorough review of all pertinent information to ensure compliance with government rules and regulations resulting in you receiving your certificate without additional delays. We guarantee that if there are additional delays, or if you do not receive your certificate for any reason, we will promptly provide a full refund.

Our experience and expertise makes the process of obtaining your vital record quick, easy and free of complications. We know exactly where and how to obtain your vital record and we make sure your order will not be rejected. Our helpful customer service representatives can provide email or phone order confirmation not available when ordering through the government agency and are readily available during business hours to provide any assistance.

To get started, simply proceed to step 1.

  • Complete, print and sign the appropriate application form
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  • Fax, scan and email or mail your completed and signed form
  • Scan & Email: novascotia@expresslegal.ca
    Fax: 1-866-265-6300
  • Receive your certificate by mail or courier

Who Can Apply For a Nova Scotia Death Certificate With This Application?

This site is available for use by the legal profession and general public to obtain Nova Scotia Government approved and official certificates of death issued by the government agency as an independent authorized agent.

Original or replacement birth certificates may be ordered with this application by:

  • Short form death certificates may be released to any person who has a valid reason for requiring the document.
  • Long form death certificates may be released to next-of-kin of the deceased or a trustee or executor of an estate.
  • Certified copies of death registrations containing cause of death are released only to next-of-kin.

Fees & Processing Times

Payment can be made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, cheque or money order – Please make cheque or money order payable to “ExpressLegal”

Certificates ordered with regular service average 4 to 6 weeks to be processed and delivered.

Service times listed above are approximations and are not guaranteed. Incomplete or inaccurate applications will significantly delay processing time.

  1. Short Form Death Certificate – $80.00 each
  2. Long Form Death Certificate – $90.00 each
  3. Certified Photocopy of Death Registration – $90.00 each

Fees include all taxes, search, shipping and processing charges.

If no record of the death is found by Nova Scotia Vital Statistics, fees will be applied to the search cost and will not be refunded.

All death certificates in Nova Scotia are sent directly from Nova Scotia Vital Statistics.

Nova Scotia Short Form Death Certificate

Contains the individual’s full name, gender, date of death, place of death, place of birth, marital status, usual residence of the deceased, registration number, and date of registration.

Nova Scotia Long Form Death Certificate

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.

Surname and given name(s), sex, date of death, place of death, date of birth, age, place of birth, residence, occupation, marital status, name of spouse, name of father / parent, name of mother / parent, name of attending physician, name of funeral director, disposition, place of disposition, name of informant, address of informant, relationship to deceased, date of registration, registration number, date of issue.

Nova Scotia Certified Photocopy of Death Registration

This is a photocopy of the actual death registration. It is legally the most complete document. The photocopy is certified as true copy of the original.

NOTE: Certified copies are rarely needed by citizens and are, by law, for restricted use only. They are generally only required for court or consulate purposes. They are not recommended for use as identification purposes.

No death Certificate issued shall disclose the cause of death.

Do you require the status of your submitted application?

If you have not received your ordered death certificate within the time expected, please call 1-877-848-2578 within Nova Scotia, 1-902-424-4381 outside Nova Scotia.

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