There are three kinds of birth documents available to order including birth certificate with personal information only, birth certificate with personal information and parentage, and a photocopy of a registration of birth. If you are born in Alberta and want a new birth certificate you may apply through a registry agent. The turnaround time for certificates is usually one to two days and the fee for a birth certificate is $20 plus a registry agent’s fee. The Alberta birth certificate has more than 20 embedded security features, confirms Canadian citizenship, is made of a durable polymer material, provides greater security for citizens, and will help with proof when traveling to destinations where you are required to have a driver’s license and birth certificate. Due to all the information experts in identity theft discourage carrying a birth certificate in a purse or wallet. When applying for a passport for a child under the age of 16 you are required to have a proof of parentage document, which shows the child-parent relationship, along with all other regular application requirements. When submitting an application Alberta residents must apply in person with a Registry Agent. Once a registry agent submits a request or the Vital Statistics office receives an application, it is usually processed within two to three business days provided there is no additional information required.