Vital Statistics

Vital Statistics administers Alberta's Vital Statistics Act, Marriage Act, and Change of Name Act and regulations. These three acts regulate the registration of all Vital events that occur in Alberta such as births, stillbirths, deaths, adoptions, marriages, and changes of name. Vital Statistics also provides statistical information to governments and approved health related agencies for the purpose of data exchange, comparisons and research.

In addition, the Vital Statistics office is responsible for the registration of religious organizations and clergy for the purpose of performing marriages, marriage commissioner appointments, providing burial permits, and disinter/reinter permits. The office also processes delayed registration events and amendments to event records.

Most Vital Statistics' services are provided through Red Deer Registries, which include the issuance of marriage licences as well as applications for birth, marriage and death certificates, and photocopies of a registration of birth, stillbirth, marriage and death.

In order to obtain a Vital Statistics Certificate or Marriage Licence, you MUST provide identification.

When applying for a Marriage Licence we require identification from both the Bride and the Groom. You must both attend the registries office and swear an oath. If either the Bride or the Groom have been previously married, we will require a copy of the Certificate of Divorce, or Decree Absolute.

The following link will provide you with all of the information and requirements that must be met in order to order your Vital Statistics information. It also has information such as how to locate a Marriage Commissioner to perform your civil ceremony, most popular baby names, Genealogical searches, statistical information and forms you can print before attending the Registry office.

http://www3.gov.ab.ca/gs/information/registries/