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New NWT birth certificates enhance security, durability

YELLOWKNIFE (March 4, 2014) – The Government of the Northwest Territories will introduce new, more secure birth certificates on April 1, 2014.

“The new birth certificate will be highly secure and durable, similar to those issued in most provinces,” said Minister of Health and Social Services Glen Abernethy. “Creating a more secure document is an important way for the Government of the Northwest Territories to help Northwest Territories residents protect their identity.”

The new certificate will be made of polymer, a form of plastic, and be similar in format to a passport. It will include enhanced security features like unique watermarks.  Creating a more secure version is an important way to assist NWT residents in protecting their identity. Residents are encouraged to keep birth certificates in a secure location, not in their purse or wallet.

Two types of certificate will be available: one listing an individual’s information only and one including parental information. Both types of certificate will be the same size and will replace the current large and small birth certificates.

Previously issued NWT birth certificates remain valid. The cost of the new birth certificate remains at $20.

For more information on the new birth certificate visit:

For more information:

Umesh Sutendra
A/Manager, Communications
Department of Health and Social Services
Tel: (867) 920-3368