A marriage officiant is a person authorized to legally perform marriages.
Types of Marriage Officiants
- Religious representatives - commonly referred to as a clergy person.
- Marriage commissioners - for civil ceremonies.
Finding a Marriage Officiant to Perform a Marriage
- There are no legal differences between getting married by a religious officiant and marriage commissioner.
- A marriage commissioner can be located through the Marriage Commissioner Listing or Marriage Commissioner Map. All registry agents can provide a list of marriage commissioners.
- As there are over 8000 clergy registered in Alberta, a public list is not available. To find an authorized clergy person/religious representative, contact the applicable church or religious organization.
Becoming a Marriage Officiant
- For information regarding the recognition of a religious organization and the registration of its clergy to perform marriages in Alberta see Religious Organization and Clergy Registration.
- For information regarding becoming a permanent Alberta marriage commissioner see Permanent Marriage Commissioner Appointment.
- For information regarding becoming a temporary Alberta marriage commissioner, see Temporary Marriage Commissioner Appointment.