Marriage Licence

Eligibility

Find out if you are eligible to apply for an Alberta Marriage Licence.

Age

As an applicant, you must be 18 years old or older.

If you’re younger than 18 years of age, you can apply for a marriage licence if all parents and legal guardians consent to the marriage licence being issued unless other conditions apply. Check with a registry agent for full details.

If you’re younger than 16 years of age, you cannot marry in Alberta.

Proof of identity

  • each person getting married must provide acceptable ID
  • when one person doesn’t have acceptable ID, that person may provide his/her birth certificate or immigration document – the other person must have acceptable ID

Marital Status

  • To obtain a marriage licence, a couple cannot already be married to each other or someone else.
  • Your legal marital status must be: never been married, divorced or widowed.
  • Divorced
    • When your marital status is divorced, proof of divorce is needed.
    • The divorce document provided must be the final document (e.g., Certificate of Divorce, Decree Absolute, etc.).
    • A divorce document that says a marriage is dissolved in X amount of time is not acceptable as there is no way to know if the final documents were filed or the divorce was contested during that time.
    • Divorce documents that are not in English must have a notarized translation. Check with a registry agent for translation requirements.
  • Annulled
    • When your marriage was annulled, a copy of the court ordered annulment must be provided.
    • When an annulment has been granted, the person's marital status reverts back to what it was before the annulled marriage took place. The previous marital status may have to be proven; e.g.,
      - when the marital status before the annulment was divorced, the divorced marital status must be proven in addition to providing a copy of the court ordered annulment.
      - when the previous marital status is never been married, only the court ordered annulment is needed.
    • Annulment documents that are not in English must have a notarized translation. Check with a registry agent for translation requirements.
  • Widowed
    • When a person is widowed, a death certificate of the deceased spouse is not needed.
  • Never Been Married
    • When a person has never been legally married, no further documents are needed.

Contact this service

1-780-427-7013
(Edmonton)

310-0000, then
780-427-7013 (toll-free)

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

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