Ordering a Death Document
Alberta Vital Statistics maintains a record of all registered deaths that occur in Alberta and can only issue certificates or documents for those deaths recorded. Death documents are issued using the information from the original Registration of Death.
What kind of death documents are available to order?
- Certificate of Death (pdf)
- The size of the Certificate of Death is 12.6 x 17.8 cm (8½ x 7 in.).
- The Certificate of Death is printed on Canadian bank note paper.
- Do not laminate or alter certificates, as this makes them invalid.
- The certificate contains the following details (when recorded on the original Registration of Death document):
- 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
- All certificates are certified extracts of the original Registration of Death.
- Photocopy of a Registration of Death
- This is a certified copy of the Registration of Death completed at the time of death, usually by the family.
- For additional details about a photocopy of a Registration of Death, see Photocopy of a Registration of Death.
- Photocopy of a Medical Certificate of Death
- This is a certified copy of the Medical Certificate of Death completed at the time of death by the attending physician or the medical examiner's office.
- This document contains the medical information related to the medical cause of death.
- For additional details about a photocopy of a Medical Certificate of Death, see Photocopy of a Medical Certificate of Death.
- A death search letter
- The size of the search letter is 21.6 x 28 cm (8.5 x 11 in.).
- The search letter is printed on white bond.
- No information is provided in a search letter, only whether the record was found or not.
Who can apply for a death document?
- All Alberta Vital Statistics death records are confidential and information cannot be released as there are laws in place to help prevent it from being released without the proper consent or permission.
- Who may apply for a death certificate/document is restricted; see Eligibility for Certificates and / or Photocopies of a Registration (pdf) for the details of who may apply.
- Depending on the circumstances, a person may be required to show proof that he/she is eligible to apply for the certificate/document.
How can I obtain an application?
Depending on where you are, complete one of the following application forms.
- Persons ordering from within Alberta - Application for Ordering Death and Legal Change of Name Documents (pdf)
- Persons not ordering from within Alberta - Registry Connect Application for Certificate / Documents (pdf)
How do I submit an application?
Submit your application according to where you are.
- Persons in Alberta must apply in person at a Registry Agent office. For additional information about registry agents, please contact:
Other Areas (Alberta only): 310-0000, then dial 780-427-7013
- Persons not in Alberta must apply through Registry Connect.
How much do certificates / documents cost?
In addition to the Alberta government fee, registry agents and Registry Connect are authorized to charge a service fee.
How long does it take to process an application?
Once a registry agent or Registry Connect submits a request, it is usually processed within two to three business days provided no additional information required. If all the required information is not supplied on the application form, your request may be delayed.