Many fingerprinting agencies are reopening for service during Phase II of the pandemic response. Before beginning your change of name application, please contact your RCMP or other local police department or accredited fingerprinting agency to determine if the fingerprinting and criminal record check services are available to you.

B.C. Vital Statistics Online Certificate Ordering System

Order BC Birth Certificates, Death and Marriage Certificates, Register a Wills Notice, or Apply for a Name Change Online

This Electronic Certificate Ordering System (eCOS) was developed by the B.C.Vital Statistics Agency, Ministry of Health. With eCOS, you can order birth, death or marriage certificates and/or certified photocopies of birth or marriage registrations for events that took place in British Columbia. You can also register the location of your Will and apply for a change of name. Applying is fully electronic - no need to download an application form and mail it in!*

*Adults (19+) applying without children can apply for a name change using eCOS. You will be provided with a customized checklist of the documents that you do need to submit by mail or in person to complete the application requirements.

For more detailed information on these documents and to view certificate samples, visit the Vital Statistics website.

Fees

  • Certificate of Birth, Death, and Marriage - $27.00*
  • Certified True Copy of Birth or Marriage Registration Document - $50.00*
  • Wills Notice - $17.00
  • Change of Name - See the Vital Statistics Legal Change of Name Application webpage for full cost details
*Fee includes the cost of the search of our records. If no record is found, the fee is applied to the search process. For an additional $33.00 fee, you may request rush processing which provides for in-office processing time of 24 working hours. (Not available for all services.) Courier delivery time is additional to this time.

IMPORTANT NOTES WHEN ORDERING CERTIFICATES ONLINE: