57.2. The registrar of civil status is a public officer and a member of the personnel of the department. The registrar exercises the functions provided for by law, attending exclusively to the work and duties of the registrar of civil status. However, at the request and in lieu of the Minister of Justice, the registrar may also grant the special exemptions provided for in articles 63 and 67 of the Civil Code and the authorizations provided for in article 366 of that Code.
If no designation has been made under article 151 of the Civil Code and the registrar of civil status is absent or unable to act, the Minister designates a public servant from the department to exercise the functions of registrar of civil status, and publishes the designation in the Gazette officielle du Québec.