Alberta Marriage Laws

Prior to being married, couples must obtain an Alberta Marriage License from a registry in the province of Alberta. It is valid for 3 months from the date of issue.

Obtaining an Alberta Marriage License
The Bride and Groom must provide the following information:

~ Proof of identification
~ Full name of Father, birth place of Father
~ Maiden and full name of Mother, birth place of Mother
~ If divorced, Decree Absolute
~ If widowed, Death Certificate of former spouse

An Alberta Marriage License can be obtained at the following location:

Banff Bureau (closed on Sundays)
220 Bear Street
Banff, Alberta T1L 1A6
(403) 762-2177

* Kindly note there is no issuing office in Lake Louise.
** Couples from out of province may arrange their Alberta Marriage License in advance through the Banff Bureau 
( or

Important Information
Two witnesses of at least 18 years of age are required for the ceremony. It is not necessary that the witnesses have prior knowledge of the couple being married. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is able to provide witnesses at a cost of $100.00 per witness for their services.

Civil marriage ceremonies can be conducted at any location.

Blood tests and waiting periods are not required for marriage in Alberta.

Marriage Commissioners are appointed by the Alberta Government but are not salaried employees and are not subsidized. Rates may vary between Wedding Commissioners.

Wedding Commissioners
~ Rick Kunelius (403) 762-3852
~ Carl Shields (403) 762-2430
~ Robin White (403) 762-8098
~ Patricia Compton (403) 678-5907