Vital Statistics

Obtaining a Marriage Licence

Before you can be married in Alberta, you must obtain Marriage Licence. This gives you the legal right to get married anywhere within the Province of Alberta & at any time within three months from the date the licence was issued.

Requirements for obtaining a marriage licence:

  • Both parties wishing to marry must apply for their marriage licence together.
  • Both parties must be at least 18 years old, if younger than 18, parental consent is required.
  • Both parties must provide 2 pieces of valid identification.
  • Both parties must provide their parents' full names and birth places.
  • Both parties must be currently unmarried.
  • If either party is divorced, proof that the divorce is final such as a Certificate of Divorce or a Decree Absolute is required.
  • The parties wishing to marry cannot be related by whole blood, half blood or adoption. For example, you may not marry your sibling, parent, child, grandparent or grandchild.
  • If either party does not speak English, it is their responsibility to provide a certified interpreter who is over 18 years old and fluent in both English and the language requiring translation.

Marriage Certificates

If you wish to take the last name of your spouse or wish to have a combination of the two, you may be required to supply a marriage certificate from Vital Statistics. Taxation offices, Banks, credit card companies etc. may also require a marriage certificate as proof that you and your partner are married.

Who can apply for a marriage certificate:

  • A person whose name is on the marriage registration.
  • A person with authorization in writing from a person whose marriage is registered.
  • A legal representative who requires it during the course of official duties. Proof of occupation is required.
  • Any person with a court order. Court document required.
  • An adult next of kin may apply when a party to the marriage is deceased.
  • The executor of an estate when either party to the marriage is deceased.
  • A person with power of attorney, guardian or trustee for a person whose marriage is registered as established by court documents. Proof is required.

Birth Certificates

An Alberta birth certificate or photocopy of a registration of birth can be ordered by Ardiel Agencies from Vital Statistics.

Birth Certificates contain the birth date, place of birth, full legal name of the child & the legal names of the parents.

Photocopy of a registration of birth this is the form completed by the parents at the hospital at the time of birth.

Who can apply for a Birth Certificate and / or Photocopy of a Registration

  • The person whose name is on the registration of birth.
  • The parent(s) of the person as established by registration documents or by court documents.
  • A guardian, trustee, or person with power of attorney as established by court documents. Proof is required.
  • A person with an order from the court. Court document is required.
  • A person adopting may apply for a child’s biological birth certificate. Proof of a pending adoption is required.
  • A legal representative for an eligible applicant or when required for official duties. Proof is required.
  • A person who requires it to comply with the Parentage and Maintenance Act or Child Welfare Act. Proof is required.
  • Any adult next-of-kin of a person whose birth is registered when that person is deceased.
  • The executor of an estate, when the person whose birth is registered is deceased. Proof is required.
  • An Ex-spouse of the person named on the birth registration is only eligible to obtain a "Confirmation Letter" verifying birth details.

Death Certificates

Death certificates can be ordered through Ardiel Agencies and are issued using the information from the original Registration of Death, completed at the time of death and for events that occurred in Alberta.

There are 3 kinds of death documents that are available for order.

  • Certified large size Certificate of Death.
  • Photocopy of a Registration of Death.
  • Photocopy of a Medical Certificate of Death.

Who can apply?

  • An adult next-of-kin of the deceased person. (Common-law included).
  • A guardian, trustee, or person with power of attorney, as established by court documents. Proof is required.
  • A person with written authorization from an adult next-of-kin to the deceased whose death is registered.
  • A legal representative for an eligible applicant or who requires it for official duties. Proof is required.
  • An executor of the deceased person's estate.
  • A funeral home representative.
  • An organization that provides benefits to the deceased persons' survivors or beneficiaries.
  • Any person with an order from the court. Court document required.
  • An ex-spouse of the deceased at the discretion of the Director of Vital Statistics.

Legal Name Changes

In Alberta not all change of names require the formal completion of an application, there are different options depending on your circumstance. For example a name may be changed in the following situations without a legal change of name. It is advisable to contact the Vital Statistics office with your particular situation before you begin a legal change of name.

Married Last Name

There are no legal requirements to change a name after marriage. When a person wishes to use a new married last name, he/she may assume his/her new spouse's last name or a combination of his/her current last name and the new spouse's last name. In Alberta, this change is not considered a legal change of name.

Amendments

In some cases, a correction to a person's name does not require a legal change of name and may be changed through the amendment process when the person is born in Alberta.

Change in Parentage

When adding or deleting the father/co-parent from the birth record of a child younger than 12 years of age, the child's name may be changed at the same time. In Alberta this is not regarded as a legal changes of name.

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