Overview

An application takes 3 to 4 weeks to process.

An applicant for a temporary marriage commissioner appointment:

  • must be eligible to be appointed
  • is appointed for one day
  • is only authorized to perform a civil (non-religious) marriage ceremony in Alberta
  • cannot charge a fee to perform a marriage
  • cannot represent themselves as a permanent marriage commissioner or solicit business of this nature

A clergy or religious representative registered with a religious organization cannot be appointed as a marriage commissioner. A clergy or religious representative should refer to registering as a religious marriage officiant to perform religious marriages in Alberta.

Eligibility

There are 2 categories of temporary marriage commissioners in Alberta: Accredited and General Public.

Accredited

To be appointed as an accredited temporary marriage commissioner, you must be:

  • 18 years old or older
  • a permanent resident of Canada
  • one of the following:
    • Canadian MLA (Member of Legislative Assembly - includes active or former)
    • Canadian MP (Member of Parliament – includes active or former)
    • Canadian Senator (includes active or former member)
    • Judge (includes active or former)
    • Justice of the Peace
    • Lawyer
    • Mayor or Reeve
    • Municipal Councillor
    • A current or formerly elected leader of:
      • a First Nation community (for example: Chief, Councillor of a “Band” as defined in the Indian Act, of Canada)
      • a Metis Settlement (for example: Settlement Chair or Councillor as defined in the Metis Settlements Act, of Alberta
      • the Metis Settlement General Council (for example: President, Vice President) as incorporated by the Metis Settlements Act of Alberta
    • Active or formerly active permanent (or permanent equivalent) marriage commissioner* for a Canadian jurisdiction (proof of appointment must be attached)
    • Former permanent Alberta marriage commissioner (in good standing)
      • Someone who is/was registered with a religious organization as a clergy or religious representative is not a marriage commissioner.
  • proof of designation, appointment, occupation, etc., may be required

General public

This category of marriage commissioner appointment is restricted to when there are no permanent marriage commissioners available to perform the wedding. In these limited situations, you may be eligible to apply as a member of the general public.

You must:

  • be 18 years old or older
  • be a permanent resident of Alberta
  • clearly show there is no current permanent marriage commissioner available (on the proposed date of marriage) who can perform the marriage
    • all permanent marriage commissioners in the community where the marriage is to take place, as well as surrounding communities, must be contacted by you or the couple to see if they are available to perform the wedding
    • permanent marriage commissioners will additionally be contacted by Vital Statistics in all instances to verify your findings

Cost

There is no cost to become a temporary marriage commissioner.

A temporary marriage commissioner is not permitted to charge a fee to perform a marriage.

How to apply

An application takes 3 to 4 weeks to process.

Step 1. Complete the application form

Accredited application

Attach the required supporting documents to your application.

  • Sign your application form.

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Application for a Temporary Appointment as an Alberta Marriage Commissioner - Accredited (PDF, 140 KB)

General public application

You must include a detailed explanation of why all the permanent Alberta marriage commissioner in the community where the marriage is to take place, as well as surrounding communities, are not able to perform the marriage. It is the responsibility of you and the couple being married to provide this detailed explanation.

  • Include the names of all marriage commissioners contacted.
  • Ensure the application form is signed by you and the couple getting married.

Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Application for a Temporary Appointment as an Alberta Marriage Commissioner - General Public (PDF, 140 KB)

Step 2. Send your application form

Email, mail, fax or courier your application and the applicable supporting documents to Vital Statistics at:

Email: sa.tmca@gov.ab.ca

Mail:
Vital Statistics
Box 2023
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4W7
Attention: Marriage Unit

Fax: 780-422-4225

Courier:
Vital Statistics
Document Reception
John E. Brownlee Building
10365 97 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3W7
Attention: Marriage Unit

After you apply

Your application will be reviewed to ensure all the eligibility requirements are met. If further information is needed, or if the appointment is not granted, Vital Statistics will contact you.

An application takes 3 to 4 weeks to process.

If your appointment is granted, a Temporary Marriage Commissioner Appointment Certificate and an instruction package will be sent you.

Contact

To connect with Vital Statistics:

Hours: 8:15 am - 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-7013
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
TTY: 780-427-9999
Toll free TTY: 1-800-232-7215 (in Alberta)
Fax: 780-422-4225

Email: sa.tmca@gov.ab.ca 

Mail:
Vital Statistics
Box 2023
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 4W7
Attention: Marriage Unit

Courier:
Vital Statistics
Document Reception
John E. Brownlee Building
10365 97 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 3W7
Attention: Marriage Unit