We have made temporary changes to several acts and regulations that fall under the oversight of Service Alberta. Timelines or other obligations may have changed as a result of COVID-19.
All deaths that occur in Alberta must be registered with the Alberta government. You can register a death for one year from the date of death at no cost. After one year, the delayed registration process including fees applies.
A death certificate cannot be issued until the death is registered.
Register a death
A person who knew the deceased (for example, the spouse or parent of the deceased) is usually responsible for completing a Registration of Death form.
The Registration of Death form is usually completed at the funeral home when the funeral arrangements are being made. The funeral home will register the death and send the original documents to Vital Statistics.
After a death is registered, you can order death documents from a registry agent.
All the information on a death certificate is taken from the Registration of Death form.
If there are any errors on your death document, you will need to get the death record corrected.
Delayed registration of death
When a death is not registered within one year from the date of the death, evidence and additional fees apply to register the death. For details, contact Vital Statistics.
Connect with the Service Alberta Contact Centre:
P.O. Box 2023
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4W7
John E. Brownlee Building
10365 97 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 5C5