To obtain a marriage licence, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • You must show acceptable identification, such as a birth certificate, passport, treaty status card, Canadian citizenship card or driver's licence.
  • 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 wedding 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.

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.
  • It is unlawful to be married while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • 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

Calgary, Alberta Marriage Commissioner