Marriage certificates & documents

Eligibility

Make sure you are eligible to order a marriage certificate or document.

What’s important to know

Anyone may apply for a copy of a person's Registration of Marriage after 75 years have passed from the date of marriage; there are no eligibility requirements. Application for this type of record must be made through the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

Eligibility requirements apply to copies of Registrations of Marriage that are not yet 75 years old.

Eligibility requirements apply to marriage certificates, regardless of the date of marriage.

Anyone may order a marriage search record; there are no eligibility restrictions.

Applicants for marriage certificates and documents

  1. the married couple
  2. a guardian, trustee or person with power of attorney for either of the married couple
    • a copy of the legal document must be attached to the application
  3. a person who is a designated agent for a person described in (a) or (b)
    • the consent and statutory declaration on the application must be completed
  4. a person who is designated by a personal directive as an agent for either of the married couple
    • a copy of the legal document must be attached to the application
  5. a person with an order from the court that states the person is eligible
    • a copy of the order must be attached to the application
  6. a lawyer for anyone described in (a), (b), (d) or (e)
    • a copy of a valid Law Society card must be attached to the application

    Applicants for a deceased married person

  7. an adult next-of-kin* of either of the married couple
    • death certificate, and either proof of relationship or an Affidavit of Relationship must be attached to the application (an Affidavit of Relationship is provided by a registry agent)
  8. the executor of the estate of either of the married couple
    • death certificate and a copy of the will identifying the executor must be attached to the application
  9. an adult relative of either of the married couple when there are no eligible applicants described above
    • death certificate, and either proof of relationship or an Affidavit of Relationship must be attached to the application (an Affidavit of Relationship is provided by a registry agent)

*Next-of-kin

Next-of-kin refers to the following people:

  • mother
  • father
  • brother
  • sister
  • children
  • spouse
  • adult interdependent partner

Next-of-kin doesn’t include:

  • in-laws
  • grandchildren
  • step relatives
  • aunt
  • uncle
  • nieces or nephews

People who have been adopted or who have placed their child for adoption are not “next-of-kin” to biological relations.

Contact this service

780-427-7013 (Edmonton)

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780-427-7013 (toll-free)

8:15 am - 4:30 pm (Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)