The birth mother and father/co-parent are responsible for completing a Registration of Birth form.
After a birth is registered, you can order birth documents from a registry agent or Registry Connect.
All the information on a birth certificate is extracted from the Registration of Birth form.
The following apply:
- the birth mother must sign the Registration of Birth form
- to record the father/co-parent on a child’s birth record, both parents must sign the Registration of Birth form
- when the father/co-parent does not sign the Registration of Birth, they will not be recorded on the child’s birth record
- a father/co-parent may be added to a birth record later with an amendment
You have options when choosing a last name for your newborn. Some restrictions apply.
Hospital or registered midwife birth
Your hospital or registered midwife will give you a Registration of Birth form to complete. They will send the form to Vital Statistics for registration within 10 days of the birth.
Home birth without a registered midwife
When a registered midwife or physician isn’t involved with the birth of a child at home, the following outlines the process required to register a child’s birth in Alberta.
1. Get a Request for a Home Birth Package
After the child is born, the parents must complete a Request for a Home Birth Package form. The parents may either
- Telephone Vital Statistics and ask that the Request for a Home Birth Package form be mailed to them.
- Print the Request for a Home Birth Package DVS 0010 form (PDF, 1 page)
2. Complete and send in the Request for a Home Birth Package form
Vital Statistics will send the parents the 2 birth forms for completion and details regarding the proof of birth that must be submitted with the forms.
3. Complete the 2 birth forms
- if the father/co-parent doesn’t sign the Registration of Birth, he/she cannot be recorded.
- a father/co-parent may be added later with an amendment
- mother's full legal name
- child's name (if known by the facility)
- child's sex
- child's date of birth
- child's place of birth
- state the mother gave birth to the child
- name of the physician or nurse who examined the mother and child
- name and contact information of the person who wrote the letter
- signature of the hospital administrator, physician, or nurse
When the mother and child aren’t examined at a hospital/medical facility within 24 hours of the birth, affidavits and other evidence are required.
4. Send in the birth forms
Delayed registration of birth
Contact this service
310-0000, then 780-427-7013 (toll-free)
8:15 am - 4:30 pm (Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)