Birth certificates & documents

How it works

The Government keeps a record of all registered births that take place in Alberta and can only issue documents for these births.

There are 3 kinds of birth documents you can order:

  • Birth Certificate with Personal Information Only
  • Birth Certificate with Personal Information and Parentage
  • Photocopy of a Registration of Birth

What’s important to know

There is only one size of birth certificate; what varies is the amount of information it contains.

All certificates are certified extracts of the original Registration of Birth. Altering and/or laminating Vital Statistics documents makes them invalid.

The following must be applied for through the Provincial Archives of Alberta as they qualify as historical records (anyone may apply)

  • copies of Registrations of Birth 120 years old and older (from the date of birth)
  • copies of Registrations of Birth where the person (whose birth is registered) has been deceased for 50 years or more; proof of the death is required

Birth certificate with personal information only

This birth certificate includes:

  • full name of the individual
  • date of birth
  • place of birth
  • sex of the individual
  • registration number
  • registration date
  • date issued

Sample Birth Certificate with Personal Information Only (PDF, 1 page)

Birth certificate with personal information and parentage

This birth certificate includes:

  • full name of the individual
  • date of birth
  • place of birth
  • sex of the individual
  • name of parent(s)
  • place of birth of the parent(s)
  • registration number
  • registration date
  • date issued

Sample – Birth Certificate with Personal Information and Parentage (PDF, 1 page)

Photocopy of a Registration of Birth

This is a photocopy of the registration form completed at the time of birth, usually by the mother/person who gave birth to the child.

A photocopy of a Registration of Birth usually includes:

  • full name of the individual
  • date of birth
  • place of birth
  • sex of the individual
  • name of parent(s)
  • place of birth of the parent(s)
  • registration number
  • registration date

A photocopy of a Registration of Birth cannot be used for identification.

A photocopy is generally used for genealogical, court or consulate purposes.

There’s always an official raised seal and red stamp on the back of the photocopy stating it’s a certified true copy of the original registration.

Contact this service

780-427-7013
(Edmonton)

310-0000, then
780-427-7013 (toll-free in Alberta)

8:15 am - 4:30 pm (Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)

Related services

Proof of parentage requirements for Passport Canada

Correcting a birth record