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How it works

Children born in Alberta must be registered in Alberta. You can register a birth online with this service. If you are not able to register online, Contact Us to request a paper Registration of Birth form.

For stillbirth information, Contact Us.

What’s important to know

  • Do not complete this online registration if:

    • the mother/person who gave birth is not able to complete the registration and certify it online;
    • you have already registered your child’s birth online;
    • you have already submitted a paper Registration of Birth form; or
    • you, the father/co-parent, or your child will have only one letter in a name field.
    • you do not have access to an email address. You must have a valid email address to register your child’s birth online. A tracking number and confirmation of the online registration is sent to you via the email address once the online process is completed;

If any of the above exceptions apply to you, Contact Us for special instructions.

You cannot order a birth certificate for your child until their birth is registered.

It is an offence to give false information on this birth registration.

Navigating this application

  • This birth registration must be completed in one session, as it cannot be saved on your computer.
  • The process will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Your session will time out after 1 hour.
  • If you close this browser before clicking the Submit Registration button on the Declare & Submit page (last registration step), the information you entered will be lost.
  • Do not use the “Back” button on your browser. Use the blue “Previous” and “Next” buttons at the bottom of a page – otherwise the information you entered will be lost.
  • You can navigate amongst the parent, child and submit pages with the Previous/Next buttons; however, if you return to the first page (How it works), all the information you entered will be lost.

For information about the process to register your child’s birth, go to Register a Birth

Services

While completing this registration, you will have the option to apply for the following for your child.

  • Canada Child Benefits
  • Social Insurance Number
  • Order a Birth Certificate

Collection of information

This information is collected in accordance with the Vital Statistics Act and Regulations. It is required by Vital Statistics to register the birth and may be used for statistical and genealogical purposes or delivering joint provincial and federal programs. Collection is authorized under s.33(a) and (c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.  Contact Us if you have any questions about the collection or use of the information.

Before you register

The Details of Mother/Person Who Gave Birth to the Child page must be completed by the mother/person who gave birth to the child. If this is not possible, do not complete this registration online;  Contact Us for instructions.

If a father/co-parent is being recorded on this birth registration, that parent and the mother/person who gave birth to the child must both be present to complete and certify the online registration.  A father/co-parent must be the biological parent of the child or the spouse or adult interdependent partner of the mother/person who gave birth to the child.

If the father/co-parent is not present, their details cannot be recorded on this birth registration and will not appear on a birth certificate. A father/co-parent can be added later to a birth record with an amendment; Contact Us for details.

Recording a father/co-parent without them certifying their information and the child’s information is an offence.

Make sure you have the following information before you begin:

  • Your child’s date of birth – must be younger than 1 year old
  • Your child's full and complete name
  • The name of the hospital or the full address of the location where your child was born
  • Social Insurance Number for the mother/person who gave birth, if applying for the Canada Child Tax Benefit
  • Payment, if you want to apply for a birth certificate for your child

To begin, answer the following questions.

Was your child born in Alberta?
Have you already completed a paper Registration of Birth form for your child, and left it with the hospital or your registered midwife?
Have you already submitted your baby's birth information through the Online Birth Registry?
Child's date of birth. If your child's date of birth is more than 1 year ago, please Contact Us.
Was the mother/person who gave birth to the child a surrogate?
Are you registering the birth of a child you are adopting?

To register a birth online, there is a limit to the number of characters that can be entered (character count includes letters, hyphens, periods, apostrophes and blank spaces between names).

Example: Helen Jo-Anne = 13 characters

Example: L’Heureux-St. Moritz = 20 characters

  • Parents:
    • 68 character spaces are available for the last name
    • 68 character spaces are available for a given name (this is the first name and all the middle names in total)
  • Child:
    • 68 character spaces are available for the last name
    • 40 character spaces are available for a given name (this is the first name and all the middle names in total)
Will you need to record a name with more characters than are allowed as noted above?
Is this a single or multiple birth?

A person may have

  • a given name (first name and all middle names) and last name, or
  • only one name (a mononym) when culturally appropriate.

When a person’s culture does not distinguish between a given name (first and all middle names) and a last name, that one name is called a mononym. A person's mononym may have a single word (e.g., Madonna) or more than one word (e.g., Soaring Grey Eagle).

Do you, the other parent or your child have a mononym?

If a father/co-parent is being recorded on this birth registration, that parent and the mother/person who gave birth to the child must both be present to complete and certify the online registration. A father/co-parent is the biological parent of the child or the spouse or adult interdependent partner of the mother/person who gave birth to the child.


Who is registering this child?