Are Birth certificates issued prior to January 1, 1994 in Quebec still valid?
Quebec Baptismal birth certificates
Quebec birth certificates issued prior to January 1, 1994 are no longer valid. If your proof of birth was issued prior to this date, you must obtain a new one from the Registrar of Civil Status.
The new measures were announced on October 24, 2001, by Joseph Facal, Quebec Minister, Relations avec les citoyens et de l'Immigration.
As of November 26th, 2001 the Quebec Government has asked the Passport Office to only accept birth certificates issued after January 1st, 1994 by the Directeur de l'état civil in the province of Quebec. Baptismal and birth certificates issued by Quebec religious, municipal or judicial authorities prior to January 1,1994 will no longer be accepted as well. This situation steams from the Province of Quebec's historical situation, the responsibility for registration and record keeping fell to the church, and church records were accepted as the legal records for civil registration. Two copies of all registers were required to be kept, one in the parish, the other in the office of the district clerk. In 1929 record keeping of births and deaths of those that did not belong to a church was started by the Quebec government, however until 1969 in Quebec almost all marriages were expected to take place within the church. After a century the church records were transferred to the Archives Nationale du Québec. Modern record keeping in Quebec did not start until 1994, so most of the records before that time have to be reissued, such as Quebec birth certificates.
Who can I obtain a certificate or copy of an act in Quebec? A certificate or a copy of act can only be granted to the individuals whose names appear on the act. If your names does not appear on the act you must explain why you wish to obtain the certificate or a copy of act for another person. For a birth certificate a traditionally valid reason of obtaining one is because the other party has pasted on and you are the executor of their will.
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