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How To Get A Marriage License in Alberta

Getting married in Alberta is an exciting time in your life. Before you can exchange vows, however, you’ll need to obtain a marriage license. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to get a marriage license in Alberta.

Gathering All Necessary Documentation

Before you can apply for a marriage license in Alberta, you’ll need to gather some essential documentation. This includes government-issued identification for both parties, such as a passport or driver’s license. You’ll also need to provide proof of your age, which can be a birth certificate or a baptismal certificate.

Find A Marriage License Issuer Near You

In Alberta, marriage licenses are issued by registry agents. You can find a list of registry agents in your area on the Government of Alberta website. Be sure to call ahead to make an appointment, as many agents require them.

Apply for Your Marriage License

When you’ve found a registry agent, you can apply for the marriage license. Both parties must be present when applying, and you’ll need to provide all the necessary documentation. You’ll also need to pay a fee, which varies depending on the agent.

Wait for the Marriage License to be Issued

Once you’ve applied for the marriage license, you’ll need to wait for it to be issued. This typically takes about five business days, but it can take longer during busy periods. It’s important to note that a marriage license is only valid for 90 days from the date of issue.

Give the Marriage License to Your Officiant

Once you’ve received your marriage license, you’ll need to give it to your officiant before the wedding ceremony. They’ll need to sign it during the ceremony and return it to the registry agent within 48 hours of the wedding.

Obtaining a marriage license in Alberta is a straightforward process. You’ll need to gather necessary documentation, find a registry agent near you, apply for the license, wait for it to be issued, and give it to your officiant. With these steps, you’ll be on your way to saying “I do” in beautiful Alberta.

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