Marriage certificates & documents

How it works

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

There are 4 kinds of marriage documents you can order from the Government of Alberta:

  • marriage certificate – small
  • marriage certificate - large
  • photocopy of a Registration of Marriage
  • marriage record search

Marriage certificate - small

All certificates are certified extracts of the original Registration of Marriage.

A small marriage certificate includes:

  • full names of the married couple
  • date of marriage
  • place of marriage
  • registration number
  • registration date
  • date issued

Sample 1 – Certificate of Marriage - small (PDF, 1 page)

Sample 2 – Certificate of Marriage - small (PDF, 1 page)

Marriage certificate - large

All certificates are certified extracts of the original Registration of Marriage.

A large marriage certificate includes:

  • full names of the married couple
  • date of marriage
  • place of marriage
  • places of birth of the married couple
  • registration number
  • registration date
  • date issued

Sample 1 – Certificate of Marriage - large(PDF, 1 page)

Sample 2 – Certificate of Marriage - large (PDF, 1 page)

Photocopy of a registration of marriage

This is a photocopy of the registration form completed on the date of marriage by the couple and the marriage officiant.

A photocopy of a Registration of Marriage usually includes:

  • full names of the married couple
  • places of birth of the married couple
  • full names of the couple's parents
  • places of birth of the couple's parents
  • place of marriage
  • date of marriage
  • names of witnesses
  • name of marriage officiant
  • registration number
  • registration date

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

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.

Marriage record search

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

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

What’s important to know

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

Application for copies of Registrations of Marriage 75 years old and older (from the date of marriage) 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)

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