Vital Stats &
Life Events

Vital Stats & Life Events

Vital Statistics maintains all records for birth, death, marriage, and legal name changes that occur in Alberta. As a registry agent we can process your applications and order the documents you need.

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-Alberta Vital Statistics can only issue certificates and documents for births that occurred in Alberta. Birth Certificates are issued using the information from the original Registration of Birth, completed at the time of birth.

-Birth records are confidential; therefore only certain people are authorized to order a birth certificate. The following are eligible to order a certificate:

-The individual listed on the birth certificate.

-A parent of the individual listed on the certificate.

-A guardian, trustee, or person with power of attorney for the person listed on the certificate. Proof is required.

-Any person with an order from the court. Proof is required.

-A person adopting a child may apply for that child’s biological birth certificate. Proof of adoption is required.

-The legal representative for the person listed on the certificate. Proof is required.

-If you are one of the above you may come in with your valid driver’s license or passport, as well as any supplementary documentation as listed above.

-If you wish to order your own birth certificate but do not have acceptable identification, you may designate someone to order the certificate on your behalf. The ‘Applicants consent to designated agent’ section of the application form must be filled out. Designated agents must have known you for at least 1 year, complete the designated agents statutory declaration on the application, and present their own acceptable ID to be eligible to apply for the certificate.

-There are three types of documents you can order:

-Certified Personal Birth Certificate:

-This certificate contains the person’s full name, sex, place of birth, registration number, date of birth, registration date, date issued. *Please note: this type may not be acceptable for travel purposes or passport applications.

-Certified Personal Birth Certificate with Parentage:

-This certificate contains the persons full name, sex, place of birth, registration number, date of birth, registration date, date issued, and both parents full names and place of birth.

-Certified Copy of a Registration of Birth:

-This certificate is what was filled out at the hospital by the parents and doctor. It will contain the same information as the parentage certificate and more.

-Alberta Vital Statistics can only issue documents for marriages that occurred in Alberta. Marriage certificates are issued using the information from the original registration of marriage completed at the time of marriage.

-All marriage records are confidential; therefore only certain people are authorized to order a marriage certificate. The following are eligible to order a certificate:

-Party to the marriage

-The legal representation for an eligible applicant. Proof is required.

-Any person with an order from the court. Proof is required.

-A guardian, trustee, or person with power of attorney for a person whose marriage is registered. Proof is required.

-An executor of an estate when either party to the marriage is deceased.

-Any person who has known the individual named on the certificate for at least a year, if they have been named the designated agent on the application form. The designated agent must fulfill the Applicant’s consent to designated agent, complete the statutory declaration on the application and provide a valid driver’s license or passport.

-If you are one of the above you may come in and order the marriage certificate. You must bring your valid driver’s license or passport along with any supplemental documents listed above.

-There are three types of certificates you can order:

-Certified Personal Marriage Certificate:

-This certificate contains the full name of the bride and groom, place of marriage, date of marriage, registration date, registration number, and the date of issue.

-Certified Personal Marriage Certificate with place of birth:

-This certificate contains the full name of the bride and groom, places of birth, date of marriage, place of marriage, registration number, registration date, and date of issue.

-Photocopy of the Registration of Marriage:

-This certificate contains the same information and more as the certificate with place of birth. It is generally used for restricted purposes such as immigration, consulates, etc.

-Alberta Vital Statistics can only issue documents for deaths that occur in Alberta. Death certificates are issued using the information from the original registration of death.

-Death records are confidential; therefore, only certain people are authorized to order a death certificate. The following are eligible to order a certificate:

-An adult next of kin of the deceased.

-A guardian, trustee, or person with power of attorney for the deceased person whose death is registered by court documents. Proof is required.

-The legal representative for an eligible applicant or a legal representative who requires it for official duties. Proof is required.

-The executor of the deceased persons estate.
-A funeral home representative who is making or had made arrangements for the deceased person.

-If you are one of the above, you may come in and order the death certificate. You must bring your valid driver’s license, ID card or passport as well as any supplementary documents listed above.

-There are two types of death certificates that you can order:

-Certified Large Death Certificate:

-This certificate contains the name of the deceased, sex, age, date of death, marital status, usual residence, registration date, registration number, and date of issue.

-Photocopy of registration of death:

-This registration is only used for restricted purposes such as immigration or consular affairs. It contains the same information as the large death certificate and more.

-All couples getting married in Alberta must purchase a marriage license from a registry. This applies to residents of Alberta or visitors who are getting married in Alberta. The marriage license is valid for 90 days from the date of purchase and gives you the legal right to get married anytime within those 90 days. -To get a marriage license in Alberta, you must meet the following requirements:

-You must be at least 18 years old. If you are younger than 18 you will need legal consent from your parents.

-You must provide acceptable Identification, such as a passport, treaty status card, Canadian citizenship card, or driver’s license.

-You cannot be currently married. If either party was previously married, proof of divorce or annulment must be given. (This must be a Certificate of Divorce or Decree Absolute).

-Both parties to the marriage must apply in person for the marriage license.

-Neither party can be under the influence or drugs or alcohol. There are no exceptions to this rule.

-You cannot marry within the lines of consanguinity.

-Consanguinity: Federal legislation prohibits people from marrying if they are related by whole blood, half blood, or by adoption. As a result, you may not marry your grandparent, parent, sibling, child, or grandchild.

-Special Circumstances:

-Both parties to the marriage must speak English. If either does not, it is their responsibility to provide an interpreter who is over 18 and is fluent in both English and the language requiring translation. The couple applying for a license cannot translate for each other.

-If either party is deaf, a sign language interpreter may be required.

-If either party is mentally challenged and a trustee or guardian has been appointed, proof that the trustee or guardian has been informed of the upcoming marriage is required.

-To legally change a name, the completion of a change of name form is required. Depending on the circumstances, presentation of identification, fingerprints, court orders, dispensations, statutory declarations, proof of marital status, and custody orders may be required.

-To process a legal change of name, an individual may:

-Complete the forms themselves

-Seek legal council to assist them with the form requirements

-Contact a registry agent and have a clerk assist them with the forms.

-In all cases the final approval, processing and production of the “original” legal change of name certificate is done by the Vital Statistics office.

-If you are interested in a Legal Name Change, you may obtain the forms from us.

-Once the legal name change is completed and registered through vital statistics, a change of name certificate is issued to you. Additional certificates can be purchased through the registry.

-Legal Name Change Certificate:

-This certificate is a certified extract of the registration of legal name change. There is only one style, which contains the person’s former name(s), new name(s), certificate number, registration number, registration date, and date of issue.

**If you have just been married and wish to change your surname to match your spouse’s a legal change of name is not required.

Disclaimer: While we have done our best to describe what you need for a service, every situation is unique and variable circumstances may change the requirements for a service. If you have any questions or concerns regarding proper documents, please don’t hesitate to call so we can ensure you have everything you need the first time.

We will be closed Monday September 13th, 2021 for a staff function. We will be open at our normal time on Tuesday September 14th.

We now have an online queue management system in place at FRIAR Registries. We have implemented this system so that you can wait in the comfort of your car or add your name to the queue from home before you leave.

You will be called into the office as waiting space is available.