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 4 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
  • Birth record search

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.

Application for copies of Registrations of Birth 120 years old and older (from the date of birth) must be made through the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

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
  • mother/parent's name
  • mother/parent's place of birth
  • father/co-parent's name
  • father/co-parent's place of birth
  • registration number
  • registration date
  • date issued

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

Sample 2 – 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 birth mother.

A photocopy of a Registration of Birth usually includes:

  • full name of the individual
  • date of birth
  • place of birth
  • sex of the individual
  • mother/parent's name
  • mother/parent's place of birth
  • father/co-parent's name
  • father/co-parent's place of birth
  • 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.

Birth Record Search

A birth record search will tell you if a record was found, but won’t provide any other information.

Note: To download a PDF document, right-click and select 'save as' and save to your computer.

Contact this service

780-427-7013
(Edmonton)

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

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