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Service Alberta regulates the registration of all vital events that occur in Alberta including births, deaths, marriages, and legal change of name. Vital Statistics also provides statistical information to other provincial and federal governments and approved health related agencies for comparison and research purposes.

Important Information

Certificates

Photo identification is required to process/order any certificate with us.

The new Alberta Birth Certificate is available in one size.  The content on this certificate can or can not include parent name & birthplace of each parent as an option.

All Certificates are mailed to your home address within 7-10 business days.

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Marriage License

A Marriage License is valid for 3 months in the province of Alberta.

Both partners must be present when applying for the Marriage License. Both partners must present proper Identification. Examples are Driver’s License, Government ID Card, or Passport.

If either party has been divorced they must provide the Certificate of Divorce. The Divorce Certificate is obtained from the Courthouse.

If either party has been widowed advise our staff. A death certificate is not required.

Both parties must provide names & birthplaces of both their parents.

* Please allow ½ hour for Marriage License application

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Legal Name Change

A legal change of name can only be processed in Alberta for residents of Alberta. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Parents may apply on behalf of their children.

In some cases a change or correction to a person’s name does not require a legal change of name and may be changed through an amendment process.

There are no legal requirements to change a last name after marriage for couples married in Alberta. When a spouse wishes to use his/her married last name they may assume just his/her last name, or a combination of the two names is optional. This is not a legal change of name.

Any changes to your name outside of marriage requires a legal name change.

Requirements for Legal Name Change;

  • An Application for a legal change of name must be completed. The application will guide you through the process and indicate what information will be required. The application can be found online here. Once filled out, you can bring it in to our office.
  • Acceptable Photo Identification at time of processing.
  • Anyone over the age of 12 must be finger printed to complete the application.
  • You must submit your application through our office. Important Note*  Applications mailed directly to Vital Statistics by you will not be processed.  They will be returned unprocessed.
  • Anyone over the age of 18 must submit a criminal record check from the police that is less than 30 days old.

Once Vital Statistics receives and approves the legal change of name, a Change of Name Certificate will be mailed to you.   This process will take 4-6 weeks.