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Volume delays

Due to the high volume of temporary marriage commissioner applications being received, processing times have been extended and applications are being processed according to a date of marriage, not an application date. All applications continue to be processed.

If you do not receive your Temporary Marriage Commissioner Appointment Certificate and instruction package 10 days before the intended date of marriage, contact us.

Overview

Applications take from 2 to 4 weeks 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 from 2 to 4 weeks 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.

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

PDF form issues

Fillable PDF forms do not open properly on some mobile devices and web browsers. To fill in and save the form:

  1. Save the PDF form to your computer – click or right-click the link and download the form.
  2. Open the PDF form with Adobe Reader. Fill it in and save it.

Step 2. Send your application form

Email, mail, fax or courier your application to Vital Statistic.

After you apply

Your application will be reviewed to ensure all the eligibility requirements are met. If further information is needed, Vital Statistics will contact you.

An application takes from 2 to 4 weeks to process.

When your appointment is granted, a Temporary Marriage Commissioner Appointment Certificate, only valid for the intended date of marriage, and an instruction package will be emailed to you 2 weeks prior to the intended date of marriage.

If you do not receive your Temporary Marriage Commissioner Appointment Certificate and instruction package 10 days before the intended date of marriage, contact us.

Applications are processed according to a date of marriage, not an application date.

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: [email protected]

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

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