· The Marriage Licence is valid for 3 months, so you must be married within this time. The full document must be given to the marriage officiant that will be performing the marriage. The top part is a Registration of Marriage and the bottom part is the Marriage Licence. The marriage officiant keeps the Marriage Licence portion of the form and submits the Registration of Marriage portion for registration within two days of the ceremony. This document needs to be kept in good condition and not folded, as it is permanently archived with Alberta Vital Statistics.
· There is no waiting period after you purchase your licence - you can have your ceremony on the same day if you wish!
· Proof of marital status is required if one of you has been previously divorced. For details please visit https://www.alberta.ca/get-marriage-licence.aspx#1114501
· There are no residency or citizenship requirements.
· The marriage must take place in Alberta.
· The couple and two adult witnesses must be physically in the presence of the marriage officiant for the wedding.
· None of the wedding party may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
· The witnesses must be 18 years of age
and cannot be cognitively impaired.
· During the ceremony the Registration of Marriage must be signed by the couple, two witnesses and marriage officiant.
· At the conclusion of the marriage ceremony, the marriage officiant will provide the couple with a proof of marriage document known as a Civil Marriage Statement.
· Once married, couples can go back to an Alberta Registries office to apply for an Alberta Marriage Certificate if they require one. Vital Statistics issues these. For details please go to https://www.alberta.ca/order-marriage-certificate.aspx
For more information, please visit the Service Alberta website: