Marriage certificates & documents

Eligibility

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

What’s important to know

Anyone may apply for a copy of a person's Registration of Marriage through the Provincial Archives of Alberta after 75 years have passed from the date of marriage.

The following eligibility requirements apply to 

  • copies of Registrations of Marriage that are not yet 75 years old
  • marriage certificates, regardless of the date of marriage

Applicants for marriage certificates and documents

  1. the married couple
  2. a guardian, trustee or person with power of attorney for either of the married couple
    • a copy of the legal document must be attached to the application
  3. a person who is designated by a personal directive as an agent for either of the married couple
    • a copy of the legal document must be attached to the application
  4. 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
  5. a lawyer for anyone described in (a) to (d) and (f) or (i)
    • a copy of a valid Law Society card must be attached to the application

    Applicants for a deceased married person

  6. a next-of-kin* to the deceased married person
    • death certificate, and either 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. the personal representative, executor or administrator of the deceased married person’s estate  
    • death certificate and a copy of the will (or similar document) identifying the applicant must be attached to the application
  8. a relative to the deceased married person when there are no living next-of-kin* (described in f above)
    • death certificate, and either 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. a Public Trustee for the deceased married person 
    • a copy of the trusteeship documents must be attached to the application

*Next-of-kin

Next-of-kin refers to the following people:

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

Next-of-kin doesn’t include:

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

People 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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