Death certificates & documents

How it works

The Government keeps a record of all registered deaths that take place in Alberta and can only issue documents for these deaths.

There are 3 kinds of death documents you can order:

  • death certificate
  • photocopy of a Registration of Death
  • photocopy of a Medical Certificate of Death

Death certificate

All death certificates are certified extracts of the original Registration of Death. 

A death certificate includes:

  • full name of the deceased
  • age of the deceased at the time of death
  • date of death
  • place of death
  • sex of the deceased
  • marital status of the deceased at the time of death
  • usual place of residence of the deceased
  • registration number
  • registration date
  • date issued

Sample Certificate of Death (PDF, 1 page)

Note: To download a PDF document, right-click and select 'save as' and save to your computer.

Photocopy of a Registration of Death

This is a photocopy of the registration form completed at the time of death.

A photocopy of a Registration of Death usually includes:

  • full name of the deceased
  • age of the deceased at the time of death
  • date of death
  • place of death
  • sex of the deceased
  • marital status of the deceased at the time of death
  • usual place of residence of the deceased
  • registration number
  • registration date
  • disposition information (for example, burial, cremation)

A photocopy is generally used for genealogical purposes.

There’s always an official raised seal and red stamp on the back of the photocopy stating it is a certified true copy of the original registration.

Photocopy of a Medical Certificate of Death

This is a photocopy of the medical form completed at the time of death by either an attending physician or a medical examiner (as is applicable). This document contains the medical information related to the medical cause of death.

A photocopy of a Medical Certificate of Death usually includes:

  • full name of the deceased
  • age of the deceased at the time of death
  • date of death
  • place of death
  • sex of the deceased.
  • medical cause of death
  • name of attending physician or medical examiner who completed the Medical Certificate of Death
  • registration number

There is always an official raised seal and red stamp on the back of the photocopy stating it is a certified true copy of the original registration.

What’s important to know

Altering and/or laminating Vital Statistics documents makes them invalid.

The following must be applied for through the Provincial Archives of Alberta as they qualify as historical records (anyone may apply)

  • copies of Registrations of Death 50 years old and older (from the date of death)
  • copies of Medical Certificates of Death 50 years old and older (from the date of death) 

Contact this service

780-427-7013 (Edmonton)

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

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