Where can I obtain a Marriage Licence Application?
Download the marriage licence application form on the ServiceOntario website - Marriage Licence Application. Print copies are also available at any Municipal Office.
Is there a waiting period?
Generally, marriage licences are issued within two business days provided that the applicant submits the necessary documentation.
The minimum age requirement for a marriage licence is 18. 16 and 17-year-olds are eligible for a marriage licence with the written consent of the legal guardian (Form 6 can be obtained at any municipal office).
The fee for a marriage licence is $135.00, with no HST. Applicants can pay with cash, debit card or certified cheque only.
Each person applying for the marriage licence must provide must provide two pieces of
original government-issued identification confirming name and birth date.
The first piece of identification
must be one of the following:
- Birth Certificate
- Current Passport
- Record of Immigrant Landing
- Canadian Citizenship Card
- Nexus Card
- Permanent Residency Card
The second piece of identification must be government-issued photo identification with your photo, current legal name and date of birth, such as:
- Driver's Licence
- Ontario Photo Card
- Native Status Card
- Fire Arms Acquisition Certificate (FAC)
- Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL)
Not accepted as government-issued identification:
- Social Insurance Number (SIN) Card
Please note: Identification must provide your legal name and date of birth. Your first and last names must match the two pieces of ID you are presenting. To have your middle name(s) included on your marriage licence it must also appear on both pieces of ID.
Length of Validity
The marriage licence is valid anywhere in Ontario for a period of three months from the date of issue.
Changing Your Name
Visit the ServiceOntario website - Change Your Name page for information on how to change your name.
Getting Married After the Passing of a Spouse
If you have been widowed and are getting remarried, you are required to submit proof of death (Death Certificate or Funeral Director's Certificate) when applying for a marriage licence.
Getting Married After a Divorce in Canada
Additional documents are needed if a divorce or annulment has been obtained by one or both of the applicants for a marriage licence. If you were divorced in Canada, you must bring the original or court-certified copy of the certificate of divorce or final decree when you are applying for the marriage licence.
Photocopies will not be accepted. To obtain a court-certified copy of the certificate of divorce please contact the courthouse where the divorce was issued.
Getting Married After a Divorce Outside of Canada
If you were divorced outside of Canada, you must obtain a foreign divorce authorization from the Ministry of Government Services before you can apply for a marriage licence. Allow an additional month to go through this process.
The following documentation must be completed:
- A completed Marriage Licence Application
- A completed Statement of Sole Responsibility for each divorce signed by both parties of this marriage
An original or court-certified copy (certified by the proper court officer in the jurisdiction the divorce or annulment was granted) of the divorce decree or annulment must be included. If the decree is in a language other than English or French, include a translated copy along with an affidavit sworn by a certified translator.
You must also include a legal opinion from an Ontario lawyer addressed to both applicants to the marriage giving reasons why the divorce or annulment should be recognized in the Province of Ontario. The Office of the Registrar General will fax a sample legal opinion letter to your lawyer if you call toll-free 1-800-461-2156.
Once the above-mentioned documentation has been completed, the documents must be sent to The Office of the Registrar General for authorization:
The Office of the Registrar General
189 Red River Road
PO Box 4600
Thunder Bay, ON P7B 6L8