Applying for a Marriage Licence?

Congratulations on one step closer to planning your special day. Although the preparation and planning can sometimes be challenging, we hope the outline below will help to provide you with the easy step by step process in obtaining a Marriage Licence in Ontario.

Before you begin the process:

Are you under the age of 16? Sorry, it is not legal for persons under 16 years of age to marry.

Are you between the ages of 16 or 17? You may marry with written consent of a legal guardian (except a widow, widower or divorced person). A special consent form (Form 5 – Affidavit of Age) is required to be completed for this purpose and Proof of Age must be provided.

Your Licence is valid for three (3) months from the date of issue and is only valid for marriages taking place in Ontario.

How to apply for a Marriage Licence:

 1) Download and complete the Marriage Licence Application Form. Be sure to have signatures of both parties getting married, the intended date of marriage and place of marriage determined prior to submitting application.

 2) If you have been divorced within Canada, we will require the original or certified copy of the Certificate of Divorce or Decree Absolute from the Court where the divorce was granted. Photocopies are not acceptable. 

3) For divorces granted outside of Canada, please contact the Office of the Registrar General by calling toll free at 800.461.2165 for further instructions or requirements for a Foreign Divorce. Authorization from the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services is required before you can get a marriage licence in Ontario.

 4) Two (2) pieces of valid government-issued identification are required for each person getting married. One piece of identification must include your photo. Government issued identification includes birth certificate, valid passport, valid driver’s licence, Canadian citizen card or new health card with photo.

 5) Once you have completed and signed the Marriage Application, have the required ID and any other documents, contact Laurie Salvatori to make an appointment (see below).

 6)  A Marriage Licence can only be issued to the bride and/or groom. Both parties do not have to attend at the time of issuance as long as the required ID is provided and the application has been signed.

 7) Application fee of $100 cash/debit is required to be paid prior to issuing licence.

 8) Allow the issuer 30 minutes to process the official marriage licence, (which must be picked up the same day).

 

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