Before your marriage ceremony takes place, a couple will need to obtain a marriage licence from a Registry Agent. This document entitles you to a legal ceremony performed by a marriage commissioner in the Province of Alberta within the next 90 days.
To get a marriage licence in Alberta, you must meet the following requirements:
- Be at least 18 years old (minors under the age of 18 will need consent from both parents or legal guardian)
- Provide valid government issued photo identification
- Provide the birthplaces and legal names of parents
- Must be currently unmarried (original document proving a finalized divorce will be required if you have been married before)
- Must not be under the influence of any substances while applying for the licence
- The couple must attend the registry office in person, together
Additional requirements for special circumstances:
- Both parties to the marriage must speak English (Note: If they do not, it is their responsibility to provide an interpreter who is over 18 years old and is fluent in both English and the language requiring translation. If the registry agent issuing the Marriage Licence is fluent in the other language, then that registry agent may proceed as the interpreter for issuing the Marriage Licence. The couple applying for a licence cannot translate for each other.)
- If either party is deaf, a sign language interpreter may be required
- If either party is a person with disabilities and a trustee or guardian has been appointed, proof that their trustee or guardian has been informed of the upcoming marriage is required
Once the marriage has been registered with Vital Statistics in Edmonton, you may order your official Marriage Certificate through New Urban Registry. Click here to find out how to apply!