Overview

An application can take up to one week to process.

An applicant for a temporary marriage commissioner appointment:

  • must be 18 years or older
  • must be a permanent resident of Canada
  • 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.

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 up to one week to process.

Step 1. Complete the application form

Ensure that the signatures of the applicant and the 2 marriage ceremony participants are provided on the application form.

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

Step 2. Send your application form

Email, mail, fax or courier your application 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 up to one week to process.

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

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: 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