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Ontario Birth Certificate: Long form and short form have different registration #?

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Ontario Birth Certificate: Long form and short form have different registration #?

I was just looking at my daughter's birth certificate since I am applying a passport for her and I noticed that:

On the short form the registration number is something like xxxx-xx-xxxxxx
On the long form the registration number is, however, xxxx xxxxxx

So basically the long form is missing the 2 digits shown in the middle on short form. All the rest are the same numbers. Is this normal?

Also I noticed the "certificate #" shown on the short form is xxxxxxx001 and the certificate # on long form is xxxxxxx010.

Do you see this on your child's birth certificate? Thanks.
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1010101 wrote:
Nov 30th, 2014 8:55 pm
I was just looking at my daughter's birth certificate since I am applying a passport for her and I noticed that:

On the short form the registration number is something like xxxx-xx-xxxxxx
On the long form the registration number is, however, xxxx xxxxxx

So basically the long form is missing the 2 digits shown in the middle on short form. All the rest are the same numbers. Is this normal?

Also I noticed the "certificate #" shown on the short form is xxxxxxx001 and the certificate # on long form is xxxxxxx010.

Do you see this on your child's birth certificate? Thanks.
We only got long-form, the short-form is kind of useless. You should call ServiceOntario and ask them.
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Considering they are technically different forms, the reference identifier may just be that.
As long as the birth date, address/city, hospital and parents name are correct; I'm sure it is fine.
Also, since you are applying for a passport; the long form supersedes the short form!
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vkizzle wrote:
Dec 3rd, 2014 11:39 am
Considering they are technically different forms, the reference identifier may just be that.
As long as the birth date, address/city, hospital and parents name are correct; I'm sure it is fine.
Also, since you are applying for a passport; the long form supersedes the short form!
You must use the long form to apply for a child passport, Passport Canada will not accept short form for a child passport application because the short form does not identify the child's parents.
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Winkle wrote:
Dec 3rd, 2014 11:42 am
You must use the long form to apply for a child passport, Passport Canada will not accept short form for a child passport application because the short form does not identify the child's parents.
This ^ . Wish we would have known this beforehand. Get the long.
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"Has a Canadian passport previously been issued to a child?

If a Canadian passport or travel document has previously been issued to the child and it is the same parent(s)/legal guardian(s) who applied for the previous passport or travel document participating in the new application process, a proof of parentage document is not required.

You will still need to submit proof of citizenship, but, in this case, a short-form or wallet-sized birth certificate that doesn't indicate the name(s) of the parent(s) is acceptable.

All other documentation is still required.
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http://www.passport.gc.ca/info/16-.aspx ... ada#parent
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hi There, can you guide me how long it took for birht certificate to arrive after you filled and submitted online form?
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Winkle wrote:
Dec 3rd, 2014 11:42 am
You must use the long form to apply for a child passport, Passport Canada will not accept short form for a child passport application because the short form does not identify the child's parents.
Never knew this as well :(
So if you got the short form, there is no other option out there to get a child's passport, other than re-applying to get the long form?!
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leo0582 wrote:
May 17th, 2016 5:25 pm
hi There, can you guide me how long it took for birht certificate to arrive after you filled and submitted online form?
We just had a baby and ordered both long and short online and they both arrived in just over a week.
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Thank you for your reply
When did you fill online form after baby was born ? And which hospital was the delivery . I am assuming it would also depend on forms sent by hospital for registration .
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The middle 2 digits in the long form should be "05". The other 10 digits should be the same. I came across this anomaly when renewing my son's health card.
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gretzky99 wrote:
May 22nd, 2016 1:16 am
Never knew this as well :(
So if you got the short form, there is no other option out there to get a child's passport, other than re-applying to get the long form?!
Yep. I found out the hard way too. I myself only have a small birth certificate (laminated like they were until around sometime in the 1980s), so I didn't think about needing a long form, but we had to order the long form when we needed a passport for my daughter.
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gretzky99 wrote:
May 22nd, 2016 1:16 am
Never knew this as well :(
So if you got the short form, there is no other option out there to get a child's passport, other than re-applying to get the long form?!
You can use teh short form to apply for an adult passport though!
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leo0582 wrote:
May 22nd, 2016 11:10 am
Thank you for your reply
When did you fill online form after baby was born ? And which hospital was the delivery . I am assuming it would also depend on forms sent by hospital for registration .
I think I filled out the online application (4 in 1 thing) the day after she was born. The hospital was St. Michael's in Toronto and they gave us a little slip with all the info and the website to go to.
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We also made the mistake of ordering the short form (initially saved us $ vs long form) vs the long form before knowing we needed the long form for our newborns passport (now we've spent $$$ twice).

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