Death certificates & documents

Eligibility

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

What’s important to know

After 50 years have passed (from a person's date of death), anyone may apply through the Provincial Archives of Alberta for a 

  • copy of that person's Registration of Death 
  • copy of that person's Medical Certificate of Death

The following eligibility requirements apply to 

  • copies of Registrations of Death that are not yet 50 years old
  • copies of Medical Certificates of Death that are not yet 50 years old
  • death certificates, regardless of the date of death

Applicants for Death Certificates and certified copies of Registrations of Death

  1. the personal representative, executor or administrator of the deceased person’s estate
    • a copy of the will (or similar document) identifying the applicant must be attached to the application
  2. a person who is a next-of-kin* to the deceased person 
    • proof of relationship or an Affidavit of Relationship must be attached to the application (an Affidavit of Relationship is provided by a registry agent)
  3. a person who was, immediately before the deceased's death, a guardian or trustee for the deceased as established by court documents
    • a copy of the legal document must be attached to the application
  4. a person with an order from the court that states they are 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
  5. a person who was a joint tenant with the deceased immediately before the deceased’s death
    • a certified copy of the property title showing joint tenancy must be attached to the application
  6. a relative to the deceased person when there are no living next-of-kin* (described in b above),
    • proof of relationship or an Affidavit of Relationship must be attached to the application (an Affidavit of Relationship is provided by a registry agent)
  7. a Public Trustee for the deceased 
    • a copy of the trusteeship documents must be attached to the application
  8. former spouse or former adult interdependent partner (similar to common law) of the deceased 
    • proof of relationship or an Affidavit of Relationship must be attached to the application (an Affidavit of Relationship is provided by a registry agent)
  9. organization or company that has a particular interest in the deceased 
    • a letter from the company explaining their interest is required
  10. a funeral home representative who is making disposition arrangements for the deceased person (at the time of death) 
    • proof of occupation must be attached to the application
  11. a lawyer for a person described in (a) to (i)
    • a copy of a valid Law Society card must be attached to the application

Applicants for Medical Certificates of Death

  1. a person who is a next-of-kin* to the deceased person 
    • proof of relationship must be attached to the application (e.g., if a birth certificate is supplied, it must show parentage)
  2. any person with an order from the court that states they are 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
  3. the personal representative, executor or administrator of the deceased person’s estate
    • a copy of the will (or similar document) identifying the applicant must be attached to the application
  4. a guardian or trustee of a person who is a next-of-kin* to the deceased person 
    • a copy of the legal document must be attached to the application
    • proof of the next-of-kin relationship or an Affidavit of Relationship must be attached to the application (an Affidavit of Relationship is provided by a registry agent)
  5. a person who was, immediately before the deceased's death, a guardian or trustee for the deceased as established by court documents  
    • a copy of the legal document must be attached to the application
  6. a lawyer for a person described in (a) to (e)
    • the personal representative, executor or administrator of the deceased person’s estate
      • a copy of the will (or similar document) identifying the applicant must be attached to the applicationa copy of a valid Law Society card must be attached to the application

 

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

Contact this service

780-427-7013 (Edmonton)

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