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Birth

Information on registering births, and applying and ordering birth certificates

Register

  1. The birth of every child in the Territory must be registered within thirty days after the birth.
  2. The responsibility for registering the birth rests with:
    1. The mother and the father.
    2. Where the father is unacknowledged, or either parent is incapable, by the other parent.
    3. Where both parents are incapable, by the person standing in place of the parents.
  3. No birth may be registered containing more than two surnames hyphenated or combined.  If either the mother or father, or both, have a hyphenated or combined surname only one of the names in their surname or surnames may be used. In this case, the one name used must be the name that alphabetically precedes the other.
  4. The information on this form is collected under the authority of the Vital Statistics Act. The information provided will be used to register this birth, produce birth certificates and provide statistical and demographic information. If you have any questions about collection and use of this information contact Vital Statistics at 867-667-5207 or in Yukon toll free 1-800-661-0408 ext. 5207.

Personal information collected by the Division of Vital Statistics is protected under the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act and is treated with the utmost confidentiality.

Certificate

Yukon has adopted a new, standardized, more secure and durable birth certificate.   The new certificate’s standardized design and security features make it one of the most secure birth certificates in the world. It provides increased protection against identity theft by discouraging portability and its security features make forgeries much more difficult.   The Yukon certificate ensures that same sex parents can be reflected on the certificate.   The certificate is available in two separate versions. The short form contains only the individual’s personal information while the long form also contains information on the individual’s parents.

Who may apply

On application, any person furnishing information satisfactory to the registrar and paying the prescribed fee, may, if the registrar is satisfied that it is not to be used for an unlawful or improper purpose, obtain a certificate in the prescribed form, ie:

  • The person whose birth is recorded;
  • Individuals recorded as parents on the birth record;
  • An agent, or any other person, on the written authorization of the person named above;
  • Guardian (copy of court recognized legal guardianship must be provided);
  • The executor of the person's estate (copy of death certificate must be included with the application).

Certificate Types

  • Birth Certificate
    - size is 13 cm x 18 cm (5"x7"")
    • Contains the individuals full name, sex, date of birth, place of birth, registration number, and date of registration
    • Available with or without parental information
    • Same sex parents can be reflected on the certificate
  • Genealogy Information - contact the Whitehorse Vital Statistics Office

Order a Certificate or a Birth Registration

  • Apply in person at any Vital Statistics Office or Territorial Agent
  • Apply by mailing a completed Application for Certificate form
    This application must be submitted to Vital Statistics with the appropriate fee payable by cheque, money order or credit card payable to Government of Yukon.
  • Apply by phone (867-667-5207)
    Pay by VISA, Mastercard, or American Express

Documents

Contact info

Vital statistics

Business hours: 9:00am to 5:00pm

Phone: 867-667-5207

Toll Free (Yukon, Nunavut and NWT); 1-800-661-0408 ext. 5207

Fax: 867-393-6486

Email: Vital.Statistics@gov.yk.ca

Mailing Address:

Vital statistics (H-2)
Health & Social Services, Government of Yukon
Box 2703
Whitehorse, Yukon  Y1A 2C6

Location: 4th Floor, Financial Plaza | 204 Lambert St. | Whitehorse, Yukon [map]

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