Death Certificates

There are a number of documents required in order to complete the process of registering the death.

1. Medical certificate of death

This document refers to the certification of death, not the pronouncement or confirmation of death, or the actual death certificate that is issued once the death is registered by Vital Statistics. Normally, the next of kin does not receive this document.

2. Registration of death form

In order to register the death with the Vital Statistics Agency, your funeral director will need to ask for some personal data to enter on the Registration of Death Form. This data includes:

  • Full legal name
  • Date of Birth
  • Birthplace
  • Personal Health Number
  • Social Insurance Number
  • Occupation (if retired, kind of work done most of working life)
  • Spouse’s name (if wife, list maiden name)
  • Full name of father and father’s birthplace
  • Full name of mother (maiden name) and mother’s birthplace.
  • Method of Disposition (burial or cremation)

3. Death certificate

In order to apply for a death certificate(s), the Medical Certification of Death form must be submitted with the Registration of Death form. Your funeral director will complete all this documentation on your behalf. Once the death has been registered, a permit of burial/cremation is issued along with the requested number of original death certificates. The Vital Statistics Agency currently charges a fee for each original death certificate.

Deaths that have already been registered with the BC Vital Statistics Agency, can be ordered online by going the BC Vitals Statistics Agency Website.

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