Applying for a Marriage License
How it works
You must get an Alberta marriage licence before you can get married in Alberta.
A marriage licence shows a marriage officiant that all the laws in Alberta have been met and the couple can get married.
Alberta Marriage Licences are available from a registry agent office.
A registry agent issues a 2-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 as the document will be permanently archived
- a couple must apply together for their marriage licence – some exceptions may apply, check with a registry agent for details
- a couple cannot be under the influence of a drug or alcohol when applying
- there’s no time period that must pass between the date a couple arrives in Alberta and the date a licence is issued
- there are no residency requirements
- there are no citizenship requirements
- blood tests are not required
- banns, which are postings or announcements in a church, aren’t acceptable in place of a marriage licence
- in Alberta a person cannot marry his/her grandparent, parent, child, sibling or grandchild that is related by whole blood, half blood or adoption
- the couple getting married must swear/affirm one or more affidavits
- the couple getting married must provide their parents’ birth places and full names (including mother’s maiden name)
- when either person getting married is hearing, speech or visually impaired, additional requirements may apply – check with a registry agent for details
- When either person getting married is cognitively impaired and has a court ordered guardian appointed, additional requirements apply – check with a registry agent for details
After you receive your marriage licence
- a licence is valid for 3 months from the date it’s issued
- an Alberta Marriage Licence is only valid for an Alberta marriage – the wedding must take place in Alberta
- a wedding may take place the same day a marriage licence is issued – there is no waiting time
- both persons getting married must be fluent in English; otherwise an interpreter is needed
- when the registry agent employee issuing the marriage licence is fluent in the other language, then that registry agent employee may be the interpreter and issue the marriage licence
- when an interpreter is needed, it’s the couple’s responsibility to provide one
- an interpreter must be 18 years of age or older
- the interpreter must be fluent in both English and the language requiring translation
- the couple applying for a marriage licence cannot interpret/translate for each other
- Registry agents will charge a service fee.
- Contact a registry agent office as service fees vary.
- You must pay for the Marriage Licence before you receive it.