An application for an Alberta birth certificate can be made through Richmond Road Registry. An Alberta birth certificate verifies a person’s birth, including data such as their name, gender, date of birth, place of birth and parentage. The information documented on a certificate is taken from the original Registration of Birth, which is completed at the time of birth. All births in Alberta are recorded by Service Alberta. If a record cannot be found, a search spanning a three-year period is carried out automatically and the applicant is notified of the results.
Please note: If you are ordering an Alberta Birth Certificate and you are currently out of the province, you must go through this registry.
What kind of birth certificates are available to order?
- Certified Personal Birth Certificate which contains:
- the person’s full name
- place of birth
- registration number
- date of birth
- registration date
- date issued
- Certified Personal Birth Certificate with Parentagewhich contains:
- Everything listed above
- the mother’s and father’s full names and their places of birth
- Certified Photocopy of Registration
This is a certified copy of the registration completed at the time of birth, usually by the mother. It contains all the information outlined above and more.
PLEASE NOTE: The new Alberta birth certificate is now available to order, which is durable and has numerous security features to help prevent modifications and identity theft. If you already have a valid Alberta birth certificate you are not required to order or apply for a new birth certificate.
How do you get an Alberta birth certificate?
Please pay online, download and fill out the above form (right-click the button to save on your desktop and open with Adobe Reader), and come in to Richmond Road Registry with the following information. To order a certificate, you must be the person listed on the birth certificate or have one of the following relationships to that person:
- A parent
- A guardian, trustee or person with power of attorney (proof required)
- Any person declared as the Designated Agent
- Any person with an order from the court (proof required)
- The legal representative (proof required)
- Any adult next of kin of a deceased person listed on the birth certificate
- A person adopting a child may apply for that child’s original birth certificate. (Proof required)
You will require:
- your driver’s licence or passport
- any supplementary and supporting documentation as listed
How long does it take to process?
Once Richmond Road Registry receives an application, it is usually processed within two to three working days. Photocopy of registration can take up to two weeks. After it is processed it will be sent to you or Richmond Road Registry.
You can obtain your certificate in one of two ways:
- order the certificate and have it sent to you directly by mail (takes 3-5 business days) OR
- request that it be couriered to Richmond Road Registry (takes 3-5 business days and courier charge is $10.)