Death certificates & documents

Eligibility

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

What’s important to know

Anyone may apply for a copy of a person's Registration of Death after 50 years have passed from that person's date of death; 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 Death that are not yet 50 years old.

Eligibility requirements apply to copies of Medical Certificates of Death that are not yet 50 years old.

Eligibility requirements apply to death certificates, regardless of the date of death.

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

Applicants for Death Certificates & Certified Copies of Registrations of Death

  1. the executor of the deceased’s person’s estate
    • a copy of the will identifying the executor must be attached to the application
  2. an adult next-of-kin* of the deceased person including a parent, spouse or partner younger than 18
    • 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 guardian/trustee for the deceased person immediately before death 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
  5. a person with joint tenancy 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 person who is a designated agent for a person describe in (a) to (c)
    • the consent and statutory declaration on the application must be completed
    • a designated agent is someone you have known for at least one year
  7. an adult relative of the deceased person when there are no eligible applicants described in (a) to (d),
    • proof of relationship or an Affidavit of Relationship must be attached to the application (an Affidavit of Relationship is provided by a registry agent)
  8. a funeral home representative who is making arrangements for the deceased person
    • proof of occupation must be attached to the application
  9. a lawyer for a person described in (a) to (e) and (g)
    • a copy of a valid Law Society card must be attached to the application

Applicants for Medical Certificates of Death

  1. adult next-of-kin* of the deceased person including a parent spouse or partner younger than 18
    • proof of relationship must be attached to the application (e.g., if a birth certificate is supplied, it must show parentage)
  2. a person who is a designated agent for a person described in (a)
    • the consent and statutory declaration on the application must be completed
  3. any person with an order from the court that states they are eligible
    • a copy of the order must be attached to the application
  4. a lawyer for a person described in (a) or (c)
    • a copy of a valid Law Society card must be attached to the application

*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 or nephews

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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