Birth certificates & documents

Eligibility

Make sure you are eligible to order a birth certificate or document.

What’s important to know

Anyone may apply for a copy of a person's Registration of Birth through the Provincial Archives of Alberta 

  • after 120 years have passed from that person's date of birth
  • after the person has been deceased for 50 years of more

The following eligibility requirements apply to 

  • copies of Registrations of Birth that are not yet 120 years old
  • birth certificates, regardless of the person's age  

Applicants for birth certificates and certified copies of Registrations of Birth  

  1. the person whose birth is registered 
  2. the parent of the person whose birth is registered as established by the Registration of Birth document or by court order
    • a copy of the court order must be attached to the application (when applicable)
  3. a person adopting a child
    • proof of a pending adoption must be attached to the application; e.g., petition of adoption
  4. a guardian, trustee or person with power of attorney for a person described in (a) or (b)
    • a copy of the legal document must be attached to the application
  5. a person who is designated by a personal directive as an agent of the person described in (a) to (d)
    • a copy of the legal document must be attached to the application
  6. a person with an order from the court that states the person is eligible
    • a copy of the order must be attached to the application
    • the court order must have been issued within 1 year of the application
  7. a lawyer for a person described in (a) to (f) and (h) to (k)
    • a copy of a valid Law Society card must be attached to the application 

Applicants for a deceased person’s birth document

h. a person who is a next-of-kin* of the deceased person 

  • a death certificate, and proof of relationship or an Affidavit of Relationship must be attached to the application (an Affidavit of Relationship is provided by a registry agent)

i. the personal representative, executor or administrator of the deceased person’s estate

  • a death certificate and copy of the will (or similar document) identifying the executor must be attached to the application

j. Public Trustee for the deceased person's estate 

  • a death certificate and trusteeship document identifying the Public Trustee must be attached to the application

k. a relative to the deceased person when there are no living next-of-kin* (described in h above)

  • a death certificate, and proof of relationship or Affidavit of Relationship must be attached to the application (an Affidavit of Relationship is provided by a registry agent) 

* Next-of-kin

Next-of-kin includes:

  • parent
  • sibling
  • children
  • spouse
  • adult interdependent partner

Next-of-kin doesn’t include:

  • in-laws
  • grandchildren
  • step relatives
  • children of the siblings

Persons who have adopted or who have placed their child for adoption are not “next-of-kin” to biological relations.

Contact this service

780-427-7013
(Edmonton)

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

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