Legal Issues

calgary_marriage_commissioner005001There are important legal issues to attend to when planning a civil marriage in the province of Alberta. For the most up-to-date and accurate information, please visit the Alberta Government’s website. There you will find the province’s Marriage Act, and information and requirements for obtaining a Marriage License.

Link to Service Alberta Marriage Information

How To Obtain A Marriage License In The Province of Alberta:

(The Wedding Couple must present the Marriage Commissioner with a valid marriage license)

  • Marriage Licenses may be obtained at any registry office
  • The Wedding Couple must make the application together, and provide proper identification
  • If you are under the age of 18 you will be required to have special Consent by a parent or legal guardian
  • You must know your parents full legal names and their places of birth
  • If divorced, you must present the final divorce papers
  • Your Marriage license is valid immediately upon issuance and is good for 3 months

Additional Information:

  • Alberta civil wedding ceremonies must occur within the province,
  • although you do not need to reside in Alberta to be married here.
  • The Wedding Couple & two adult witnesses over the age of 18 must be present at the ceremony
  • Weddings will be performed in accordance with established Governmental guidelines
  • No member of the wedding party can be under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • The Registration of Marriage will be forwarded to Vital Statistics within two days of the ceremony
  • A civil marriage statement will be presented to the wedding couple at the end of the ceremony.
  • Certificates of Marriage can be obtained by applying for this document at any registry office.

Provincial Certificates of Marriage are NOT automatically issued to you following your marriage.
You must apply for these at any registry office for an additional fee.