To obtain a Vital Statistics document, you must provide identification:
- in person when applying at a registry agent office; or
- by statutory declaration (similar to a statement made under oath) when applying through Registry Connect.
The identification document you provide:
- must be an original document - no photocopies or faxes;
- must have been issued by one of the following:
- Provincial or territorial government of Canada (e.g., Government of Alberta, etc.);
- Government of Canada; or
- other state or federal government (e.g., Government of California, Government of the United States, Government of Australia);
- must contain all the following:
- your photo;
- your first and last name; and
- a distinct identification number.
The identification document you provide
- must be valid (not expired) at the time it is provided, or
- must have been issued within the last 5 years when the identification document does not have an expiry date.
Examples of Possible Acceptable Identification
The identification you provide must meet all the requirements listed above. Examples include:
- Motor Vehicle Driver's Licence
- Alberta Provincial Identification Card
- Valid Passport
- Canadian Citizenship Certificate Card
- Permanent Residency Card
- Government of Alberta Employee ID for Child and Family Service Authority Card
- Treaty Status Card
- Canadian Immigration Visa
- Canadian Forces Identification Card
- Correctional Service Canada Card
- Corrections Officer Identification Card
- Fire Arms Card
- Health Care Card with Photo (not available in Alberta)
- Liquor Identification Card (not available in Alberta)
- Age of Majority Card (not available in Alberta)
- If you do not have acceptable identification, someone you have known for at least one year (called a designated agent) can apply for the Vital Statistics documents on your behalf.
- Your designated agent must provide his/her own identification.
- A designated agent cannot be used when applying for an Alberta marriage licence.
If you are ordering a document through Registry Connect, you must provide your identification through a statutory declaration.
- Complete the Statutory Declaration for Proof of Identity; it is part of the Application for Certificate/Documents (DVS 3317) (pdf).
- Take your government issued identification to a Commissioner for Oaths or Notary Public to complete the Statutory Declaration for Proof of Identity.
- Mail or courier the original application and Statutory Declaration for Proof of Identity to the address on the form.
- Your identification must meet all the requirements listed above.
- The application form and statutory declaration cannot be a fax or photocopy.
- Do not attach a copy of your identification to the application.