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Marriage, birth, death documents available online

Those looking for a marriage, birth or death certificate no longer have to wait in line.

Nick McGrath.

The province announced Tuesday residents can now order those documents through the Service NL website and the Vital Statistics Division.

Service NL Minister Nick Mc­Grath told reporters the new option for ordering such documents is designed to make them more accessible to residents.

“It’s all about being more accessible to Newfoundlanders and Labra­dorians,” he said. “We want to provide as much service as we can and be as accessible as we can, so we feel this is certainly a big improvement.”

McGrath took reporters through the entire online process of ordering the certificates through the Service NL website. Asked whether the pro­cess will be able to prevent people from inappropriately accessing the birth certificates of others, the minister said the government has taken steps to ensure that won’t happen.

“We’ve made sure that this is very safe and secure on all of the confidentiality factors that have been put into place for that.”

Each of the three certificates cost $20, although death certificates are free for up to a year after an individual dies. Regular shipping will be free. Those looking to expedite the shipping pro­cess can pay a fee for courier service.

People will still be able to obtain the certificates at a government service centre or by downloading the relevant application form from the Service NL website and sending it in the mail. Application forms can also be faxed to the government.

arobinson@thetelegram.com

Twitter: @TeleAndrew

Organizations: Service NL

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