A marriage licence shows the marriage officiant that a couple meets the laws to get married in Alberta.
The registry agent issues a two part document. The top part is a Registration of Marriage and the bottom part is the Marriage Licence.
The full document (Registration of Marriage and Marriage Licence) must be given to the marriage officiant that will be performing the marriage.
The document must be kept in good condition and not folded because once the marriage is performed, the Registration of Marriage portion becomes the legal marriage record and is permanently archived. Vital Statistics has original Registrations of Marriage dating back to 1875.
Choose a Marriage Officiant
A marriage officiant is a person with the legal authority to perform marriages.
Alberta offers two types of marriage officiants - religious and civil. The religious and civil ceremony are legal marriages.
Religious ceremonies are performed by a religious representative or clergy person registered with Vital Statistics.
Civil marriages are performed by marriage commissioners appointed by the Government of Alberta to perform civil ceremonies for the community and area in which they reside.
As there are over 8000 clergy registered in Alberta, a public list is not available. To find an authorized clergy person/religious representative, contact the applicable church or religious organization.
Religious ceremonies are performed by religious representatives (clergy person) registered with Vital Statistics to perform marriages.