Overview

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 or Registry Connect depending on your location.

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, there are additional requirements and a fee of $20 to register the death. For full details, contact Vital Statistics.

Contact

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