Overview

An application can take up to one week 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

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 (includes active or former):
    • Canadian MLA (Member of Legislative Assembly)
    • Canadian MP (Member of Parliament)
    • Canadian Senator
    • Judge
    • 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
    • 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.

An exception may be made to the above criteria for a temporary marriage commissioner appointment when there are no permanent marriage commissioners available to perform the wedding. In these limited situations, you may be eligible to apply.

The intent of an exception Temporary Marriage Commissioner appointment is to ensure that Albertans and people being married in Alberta have access to marriage commissioner services. This exception is not intended for people who have access to marriage commissioner services.

To be exempted from the criteria

You must:

  • be 18 years old or older
  • be a permanent resident of Alberta
  • contact all permanent marriage commissioners in the community where the marriage is to take place, as well as surrounding communities, to see if they are available to perform the wedding
  • include a detailed explanation of why all the permanent Alberta marriage commissioners in the community where the marriage is to take place, as well as surrounding communities, are not able to perform the marriage, if there are no marriage commissioners available to perform your ceremony. (Vital Statistics may contact the permanent marriage commissioners in the applicable area to confirm lack of availability)
  • 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.

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 1 week to process.

Step 1. Complete the application form

Attach the required supporting documents to your application.

  • Sign your application form.

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

Exception Temporary Marriage Commissioner - 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 up to 1 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