Overview

All certificates are certified extracts of the original Registration of Marriage.

Altering and/or laminating Vital Statistics documents makes them invalid.

Historical records

Anyone may apply for a copy of a person's Registration of Marriage through the Provincial Archives of Alberta after 75 years have passed from the date of marriage.

Types of documents issued

There are 3 kinds of marriage documents you can order:

  • Marriage Certificate
  • Photocopy of a Registration of Marriage
  • Marriage Search Letter

Marriage Certificate

This marriage certificate includes:

  • full names of the married couple
  • date of marriage
  • place of marriage
  • places of birth of the married couple
  • registration number
  • registration date
  • date issued

Sample: Marriage Certificate (PDF, 2.5 MB)

Photocopy of a Registration of Marriage

This is a photocopy of the paper Registration of Marriage signed on the date of marriage by the couple, their witnesses and the marriage officiant.

A photocopy of a Registration of Marriage usually includes:

  • full names of the married couple
  • places of birth of the married couple
  • date of marriage
  • place of marriage
  • full names of the couple's parents
  • places of birth of the couple's parents
  • names of witnesses
  • name of marriage officiant
  • registration number
  • registration date

A photocopy is generally used for genealogical, court or consulate purposes.

Marriage Search Letter

This is a letter that states whether or not there is a record with the applicant recorded as a spouse on a marriage registered with Vital Statistics; nothing more is stated in the letter.

A search is automatically made of all Vital Statistics’ marriage records.

  • Only one fee is charged for the search of all the marriage records.

Marriage search letters are most often required to substantiate to another country that the applicant has not married in Alberta.

Eligibility

The following eligibility requirements apply to:

  • copies of Registrations of Marriage that are not yet 75 years old
  • marriage certificates, regardless of the date of marriage
  • marriage search letters

Applicants for marriage certificates and certified copies of Registrations of Marriage

The following can order a marriage certificate and certified copy of a Registration of Marriage:

  1. the person (whose marriage is registered)
  2. a guardian, trustee or person with power of attorney for either of the persons in (1)
    • the applicant must be named in the guardianship order, trusteeship document or power of attorney document
    • a copy of the legal document must be attached to the application
  3. a person who is designated by a personal directive as an agent for either of the persons in (1)
    • a copy of the legal document must be attached to the application
  4. a person with an Alberta court order that states the person is eligible to make the application
    • the order must be issued by a court in Alberta
    • the applicant must be authorized to make the application in the court order
    • the court order must have been issued within 1 year of the application
    • a copy of the order must be attached to the application
  5. a lawyer for a person in (1) to (4), (6) to (9)
    • a copy of a valid Law Society card must be attached to the application

Applicants for a marriage document for a deceased person

  1. next-of-kin to the deceased person in (1)
    • proof of death must be provided to show the applicant is eligible in this category
    • proof of relationship must be attached to the application
  2. the executor, personal representative or administrator for the estate of the deceased person in (1)
    • proof of death must be provided to show the applicant is eligible in this category
    • the applicant must be named in the will (or similar document)
    • a copy of the will (or similar document) must be attached to the application
  3. a relative of the deceased person in (1) when there are no living next-of-kin (described in (6) above)
    • proof of death must be provided to show the applicant is eligible in this category
    • proof of relationship must be attached to the application
  4. a Public Trustee for the estate of the deceased person in (1)
    • proof of death must be provided to show the applicant is eligible in this category
    • the applicant must be named in the trusteeship document
    • a copy of the trusteeship document must be attached to the application

When an eligible applicant does not have acceptable id to make the application, a designated agent may be used by a person in (1) to (3), (6) to (8).

Next-of-kin

Next-of-kin includes:

  • parent
  • sibling
  • children
  • spouse
  • adult interdependent partner

Next-of-kin does not include:

  • in-laws
  • grandparents
  • grandchildren
  • step relatives
  • children of the siblings

Persons who have adopted or who have placed their child for adoption are not “next-of-kin” to biological relations.

Applicants for a marriage search letter

An applicant may only search themselves to determine if they are identified as a spouse on an Alberta marriage record.

Historic records

Anyone may apply for a copy of a person's historic Registration of Marriage through the Provincial Archives of Alberta after 75 years have passed from the date of marriage.

Cost

There is a $20 government fee for each marriage document ordered.
Registry agents, Registry Connect and AMA have additional service fees which will vary.

For the cost of a historic record through the Provincial Archives, contact the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

How to apply

Ordering a marriage document from within Alberta

Step 1. Complete the applicable application form

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Application for Marriage Documents (PDF, 346 KB)

Application for Marriage Search Letters

Applications are also available at registry agent offices.

Step 2. Drop off the application form

Take the completed application and your acceptable ID to a registry agent office.

Ordering a marriage document from outside Alberta

Application forms to order Vital Statistics documents from outside Alberta can be found at:

After you apply

Documents are usually mailed to you by regular mail 2 to 3 days after your application is accepted.

If information is missing or there are any discrepancies in information, your application may be delayed.

For special arrangements or rush service options, speak with the registry agent, Registry Connect, or AMA.

Contact

To connect with Alberta Vital Statistics

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-7013 (Edmonton and area)
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Fax: 780-422-4225

For the deaf or hard-of-hearing:
TTY: 780-427-9999 (Edmonton and area)
Toll free TTY: 1-800-232-7215 (in Alberta)

Email: vs@gov.ab.ca

Mail:
Vital Statistics
P.O. Box 2023
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 4W7

Courier:
Vital Statistics
Document Reception
John E. Brownlee Building
10365 97 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 5C5