All Alberta births must be registered with the Government of Alberta. The Registration of Birth form is a permanent legal record of the birth.
After the birth is registered, you may order a birth certificate. For details, see Ordering a Birth Document.
How to Register
The mother and father/co-parent are responsible for completing a Registration of Birth form.
- To record the father/co-parent on a child’s birth record both parents must sign the Registration of Birth.
- New parents have options when choosing a last name for a newborn. Some restrictions apply.
- Your hospital or registered midwife will give you a Registration of Birth form to complete.
- The hospital or registered midwife will send the form to the Government of Alberta within 10 days of the birth.
- When a registered midwife or
doctor is not involved with a birth that takes place at home, the process to register the child’s birth is different. For more information, see Home Birth Information for Registering a Birth .
Delayed Registration of Birth
If a birth is not registered within one year from the date of the child's birth, there are additional requirements to register the birth and a $20 fee to register the birth.
Correcting a Registration of Birth
Once a birth is registered, changes may only be made with the appropriate legal documentation.
- If a change is requested within 90 days from the date of the child’s birth, there is no fee.
- If a change is requested more than 90 days after the child was born, there is a $20 fee.