To get married in Alberta, a couple must apply together for a marriage licence at an Alberta registry agent office.
Also keep in mind:
- A marriage licence is valid for 3 months from the date of issue.
- Blood tests are not required.
More information about legal requirements for marriage in Alberta, including ceremony requirements, can be found on the Service Alberta website.
Marriage Licence Requirements
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To obtain a marriage licence, you must meet the following requirements:
- You must be at least 18 years old.
- You must show government issued photo ID.
- Both parties must provide their parents' full names and birth places.
- You cannot be related to the person you wish to marry by whole blood, half blood or adoption.
- You must be currently unmarried.
- If you are divorced, you must present proof that the divorce is final (Certificate of Divorce or Decree Absolute). Divorce Judgement is not accepted as proof of divorce.
- You must have your ceremony in Alberta; however, you do not have to be an Alberta resident to get married in Alberta.
- You must be free from the influence of drugs and alcohol when you apply for a marriage licence.
- Both parties to the marriage must apply together for their marriage licence.