Register as a religious marriage officiant

Recognizing a religious body

Your religious body must be recognized by Vital Statistics before it can appoint religious representatives as marriage officiants.

Before applying for recognition by Vital Statistics, a religious body must:

  • be active and incorporated within Alberta for at least 3 years,
    or
    demonstrate they have been established and incorporated in Canada for at least 3 years and are currently recognized to perform marriages in at least one other province/territory in Canada
  • have a church or congregation established in Alberta at the time of its application to Vital Statistics

To apply to be recognized by Vital Statistics, a religious body must complete the following steps.

1.  Complete the form

The governing authority must complete the application form.

Application for Registration by a Religious Body to Perform Marriage Ceremonies (PDF, 174 KB).

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2. Gather supporting documents

The religious body must provide a copy of the following documents:

  • Certificate of Incorporation

  • related incorporation documents from Service Alberta
  • incorporation must be under the Societies Act, Religious Societies’ Land Act, or Companies Act; or as an Extra-Provincial under the Business Corporations Act
  • the religious body’s constitution and by-laws, including:
    • provision for ordination
    • appointment and dismissal of clergy/religious representatives
  • summary of religious sacraments, tenets, beliefs, etc., including the marriage ceremony
  • proposed marriage certificate that will be given to couple at the marriage ceremony

3.  Gather supporting information

The religious body must also provide the following supporting information:

  • date and place of incorporation, or founding, of the religious body
  • length of continuous operation in Alberta
  • address of the regular meeting place(s)
  • scheduled working days and hours of worship
  • number of members/believers 18 years of age or older and living in Alberta
  • name, address and telephone number for the governing authority (e.g., chairman, president, elder – elected to represent the organization to Vital Statistics),
  • minutes from scheduled meetings and/or appointment documents confirming the governing authority
  • names, address and telephone numbers of clergy/religious representatives living in Alberta that are to be registered to perform marriages

At its discretion, Vital Statistics may ask for more documents to verify continuity and proof of existence, proof of ordination, proof of registration in another jurisdiction, etc.

For more information regarding application and the criteria to have your religious body recognized, contact Vital Statistics.

4.  Send the application

Mail the application, supporting documents and supporting information by mail to Vital Statistics:

Vital Statistics, Service Alberta
Box 2023
Edmonton, AB T5J 4W7

Contact this service

780-427-7013 (Edmonton)

310-0000, then
780-427-7013 (toll-free)

8:15 am - 4:30 pm (Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)

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