As a minimum, the bride and groom should present the following information to obtain a
- Proof of identification
- Parent's birthplace and names, including the mother's maiden name
- If applicable, final divorce papers
For a marriage to be legally recognised, couples should be aware of the
- Prior to the marriage ceremony, couples must provide the license to the Marriage
Commissioner. The license will not be returned to the couple.
- Couples receive a Marriage Statement certificate upon completion of the ceremony. This is
not a legal document.
- Couples must apply to the Alberta Vital Statistics Registry to acquire an official
Certificate of Marriage.
Note: In Alberta, an Alberta Marriage
Commissioner conducts civil wedding ceremonies. Marriage Commissioners are appointed by the Alberta
government; however, they are not salaried employees nor are they subsidised in any way. In other
parts of the world, this person may be called a Celebrant, a Justice of the Peace, a JP, or an
Ministers, priests, rabbis, or another clergy member
perform religious ceremonies.