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.

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