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 after 120 years have passed from that person's date of birth; there are no eligibility requirements. Application for this type of record must be made through the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

Eligibility requirements apply to copies of Registrations of Birth that are not yet 120 years old.

Eligibility requirements apply to birth certificates, regardless of the person's age.

Anyone may order a birth search record; there are no eligibility restrictions.

Applicants 18 years old or older

  1. the person whose birth is registered
  2. the parent of the person whose birth is registered as established by the Registration of Birth 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)
    • a copy of the legal document must be attached to the application
  6. a person who is a designated agent for a person described in (a) to (e)
    • the consent and statutory declaration on the application form must be completed
    • a designated agent is someone you have known for at least one year
  7. 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
  8. a lawyer for a person described in (a) to (e) or (g)
    • a copy of a valid Law Society card must be attached to the application
  9. a person who requires it to comply with other legislation
    • a copy of the legislation must be attached to the application

    Applicants younger than 18 years old

  10. a person between 14 and 17 years old may apply for their own birth document
    • a minor that is 14 to 17 years old may also authorize a designated agent to apply on their behalf
  11. a person between 12 and 14 years old must have written consent from a parent or guardian
  12. a person younger than 12 years old cannot apply for their own birth document – a parent or guardian or must make the application

    Applicants for a deceased person’s birth document

  13. an adult next-of-kin* of the deceased person, including a parent under 18
    • 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)
  14. the executor, personal representative or administrator of the deceased person’s estate, or a Public Trustee
    • a death certificate and copy of the will identifying the executor must be attached to the application
  15. an adult relative of the deceased person when there are no eligible applicants described 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)
  16. Anyone may apply for a copy of a deceased person's Registration of Birth, when that person has been deceased for 50 years or more. Proof of the person's death is required.

* Next-of-kin

Next-of-kin includes:

  • mother
  • father
  • brother
  • sister
  • children
  • spouse
  • adult interdependent partner

Next-of-kin doesn’t include:

  • in-laws
  • grandchildren
  • step relatives
  • aunts
  • uncles
  • nieces and nephews

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)

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