Death certificates & documents

How it works

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

There are 4 kinds of death documents you can order:

  • death certificate
  • photocopy of a Registration of Death
  • photocopy of a Medical Certificate of Death
  • death record search

Death certificate

All death certificates are certified extracts of the original Registration of Death. 

A death certificate includes:

  • full name of the deceased
  • age of the deceased at the time of death
  • date of death
  • place of death
  • sex of the deceased
  • marital status of the deceased at the time of death
  • usual place of residence of the deceased
  • registration number
  • registration date
  • date issued

Sample Certificate of Death (PDF, 1 page)

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

Photocopy of a Registration of Death

This is a photocopy of the registration form completed at the time of death.

A photocopy of a Registration of Death usually includes:

  • full name of the deceased
  • age of the deceased at the time of death
  • date of death
  • place of death
  • sex of the deceased
  • marital status of the deceased at the time of death
  • usual place of residence of the deceased
  • registration number
  • registration date
  • disposition information (for example, burial, cremation)

A photocopy is generally used for genealogical purposes.

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

Photocopy of a Medical Certificate of Death

This is a photocopy of the medical form completed at the time of death by either an attending physician or a medical examiner (as is applicable). This document contains the medical information related to the medical cause of death.

A photocopy of a Medical Certificate of Death usually includes:

  • full name of the deceased
  • age of the deceased at the time of death
  • date of death
  • place of death
  • sex of the deceased.
  • medical cause of death
  • name of attending physician or medical examiner who completed the Medical Certificate of Death
  • registration number

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

Death record search

A death record search will tell you if a record was found, but will not provide any other information.

What’s important to know

Altering and/or laminating Vital Statistics documents makes them invalid.

Application for copies of Registrations of Death 50 years old and older (from the date of death) must be made through the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

Application for copies of Medical Certificates of Death 50 years old and older (from the date of death) must be made through the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

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)