Registering and choosing a name for your child

Entering your child’s birth in the Québec register of civil status

Directeur de l’état civil

Within 30 days following the birth of your child, it must be declared to the Directeur de l’état civil. A declaration of birth transmitted after that deadline entails payment of the applicable fees.

The declaration is used to establish your child’s act of birth, an important document. In addition to establishing your child’s identity by the last name and given names, the act of birth also establishes his or her filiation (parentage) and is a recognized proof of citizenship.

Without the act of birth, you will not be able to obtain a health insurance card, a social insurance number, or a passport, for example. The act of birth is also a proof of eligibility for government programs and social benefits.

Attestation of birth

The Constat de naissance (attestation of birth) form is signed by the physician or midwife who assisted the mother during delivery. It contains the date, time, and place of birth, as well as the sex of the child and the mother’s name and address. The staff at the health institution or birth centre will provide you as parents of the child with a copy of the attestation and send the original to the Directeur de l’état civil.

Declaration of birth

The information collected on the declaration is used to enter the child’s birth in the Québec register of civil status and to establish the child’s identity and filiation on a legal basis. It is important to make sure that the information contained in the attestation of birth has been entered on the declaration of birth, and you must add, among other things, the last name and given names of your child, the type of union you are in, and your addresses.

If you are not married or in a civil union at the time of the birth (in a common law union, for example), both of you must fill out and sign the declaration of birth. If you are married or in a civil union, either of you may complete and sign the declaration of birth.

However, in order to establish the filiation of the other parent with the child, the parent who declares the birth must enter all of the information concerning the child’s other parent. Once the declaration of birth is signed and dated by the Directeur de l’état civil, it becomes the child’s official act of birth.

You have two options for declaring the birth of your child:

  • Using the online Electronic Declaration of Birth
  • Completing the paper Declaration of Birth form.

Using the electronic declaration of birth offers a number of advantages. It is easier to fill out, reduces the risk of making a mistake or losing the document, helps accelerate the processing of your application, and offers the possibility to order a certificate or a copy of the act of birth at a reduced rate. To find out more about this service, visit the Directeur de l’état civil website at www.dec.gouv.qc.ca/DeclarationNaissance.

If you choose to use the paper declaration of birth, it will be provided by the staff at the health institution or birth centre. It is preferable to leave the completed and signed declaration with the staff at the health institution or birth centre before you leave.

Make your life easier!

Don’t forget to fill out the Application for Simplified Access to Birth-related Government Programs and Services, which facilitates access to the government programs and services that are available to you as a new parent. This form is enclosed with the paper Declaration of Birth form and is included in the online service.

This form will enable the Directeur de l’état civil to communicate information relating to the birth of your child to the following organizations:

  • Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec
  • Retraite Québec (for the Family Allowance measure)
  • Ministère du Travail, de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale (for the Québec Parental Insurance Plan)
  • Direction des affaires autochtones of the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux
  • Canada Revenue Agency
  • Service Canada
  • Indigenous Services Canada

Confirmation of registration

The Directeur de l’état civil will send you a letter confirming that the birth of your child has been entered in the Québec register of civil status. You must verify that the information about your child and the birth is the same as that on the declaration of birth. Promptly inform the Directeur de l’état civil of any error.

Obtaining a certificate of birth

You can obtain a certificate or a copy of the act of birth in your child’s name from the Directeur de l’état civil in one of the following ways:

  • By using the Electronic Declaration of Birth online service when declaring the birth of your child
  • By using the DEClic! online service
  • By filling out the Application for a Certificate or Copy of an Act of Birth, available on the Directeur de l’état civil website, its Québec and Montréal offices, and all Services Québec offices that offer Directeur de l’état civil services

If you use the Directeur de l’état civil online services, you will obtain your documents at a reduced rate while avoiding mail delivery delays.

Choosing a given name and a last name

Directeur de l’état civil

You can choose to give your child one or several given names and a single or compound last name.

It is recommended to limit the number of given names to four. Make sure to enter your child’s usual given name (the one used on a daily basis) in the proper box on the declaration of birth. It is preferable to join the two parts of a compound name by a hyphen. Your child’s last name may be single or compound derived from no more than two last names used by the parents.

For more information on entering your child’s birth in the Québec register of civil status or on choosing a last name and a given name, contact the Directeur de l’état civil.

Online
www.etatcivil.gouv.qc.ca

By telephone
Québec area: 418-644-4545
Montréal area: 514-644-4545
Elsewhere in Québec: 1-877-644-4545
Teletypewriter (TTY): 1-800-361-9596

In Québec
2535, boulevard Laurier
Québec (Québec) G1V 5C5

In Montréal
2050, rue De Bleury
Montréal (Québec) H3A 2J5
(Place-des-Arts metro station)

Health insurance card and registration for prescription drug insurance

Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec

Getting a health insurance card

You do not have to register your child with the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec in order to get a health insurance card for him or her. The Directeur de l’état civil will send the Régie the relevant information at your request. After making sure that your child meets the eligibility requirements of the Québec Health Insurance Plan, the Régie will send you your child’s first health insurance card within 10 working days following receipt of a completed application.

Children under 1 year of age who have not yet received their health insurance card are still entitled to receive healthcare services covered by the plan. However, the physician will probably ask for a health insurance card from one of the parents.

Child adopted or born outside Québec

To register a child adopted or born outside Québec for the Health Insurance Plan, contact the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec.

Registering for the prescription drug insurance plan

Once it has been determined that your child meets the eligibility requirements of the Health Insurance Plan, you must ensure that the child is covered by a prescription drug insurance plan. If you or the other parent are eligible for prescription drug coverage under a private group insurance plan, you must include your child under your plan. Please contact your insurer to ensure coverage.

However, if you and the other parent are registered with the Public Prescription Drug Insurance Plan administered by the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec, your child will be registered automatically under the plan.

For more information, contact the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec.

Online
www.ramq.gouv.qc.ca

By telephone
Québec area: 418-646-4636
Montréal area: 514-864-3411
Elsewhere in Québec: 1-800-561-9749