Available Death Documents


Four kinds of death documents are available to order from the Government of Alberta. 

For information about how to order a death document, see Ordering a Death Document.

Death Certificate

  • Includes:
    • Full name of the deceased
    • Age of the deceased at the time of death
    • Date of death
    • Place of death
    • Sex of the deceased
    • Marital status of the deceased at the time of death
    • Usual place of residence of the deceased
    • Registration number
    • Registration date
    • Date issued
  • Sample Certificate of Death (pdf)
  • All certificates are certified extracts of the original Registration of Death.
  • Do not laminate or alter certificates, as this makes them invalid.
  • Eligibility requirements apply; see Eligibility for Death Documents.

Photocopy of a Registration of Death

  • Includes: 
    • Full name of the deceased
    • Age of the deceased at the time of death
    • Date of death
    • Place of death
    • Sex of the deceased
    • Marital status of the deceased at the time of death
    • Usual place of residence of the deceased
    • Disposition information (e.g., burial, cremation)
    • Registration number
    • Registration date
  • Photocopies of Registrations of Death are generally only needed for genealogical purposes. 
  • There is always an official raised seal and red stamp on the back of the photocopy stating it is a certified true copy of the original registration.
  • Eligibility requirements apply; see Eligibility for Death Documents.

Death Record Search

  • A death record search will tell you if a record was found, but will not provide any other information. 
  • Anyone may apply for a record search letter.
  • See Record Search for more information.

Photocopy of a Medical Certificate of Death

  • This document is a photocopy of the form completed at the time of death by either an attending physician or a medical examiner (as is applicable).
  • This document contains the medical information related to the medical cause of death.
  • Includes:
    • Full name of the deceased
    • Age of the deceased at the time of death
    • Date of death
    • Place of death
    • Sex of the deceased
    • Medical cause of death
    • Name of attending physician or medical examiner who completed the Medical Certificate of Death
    • Registration number
  • There is always an official raised seal and red stamp on the back of the photocopy stating it is a certified true copy of the original registration.
  • Eligibility requirements apply; see Eligibility for Death Documents.