HOW TO GET A MARRIAGE LICENCE & CERTIFICATE.
To get a marriage licence, you will need to:
bring 2 pieces of government-issued identification for each person getting married. One piece of identification must include your photo.
Examples of government-issued identification:
government-issued birth certificate, including any change of name certificates
record of immigrant landing
Canadian Citizenship Card
valid driver’s licence
valid Ontario Photo Card
pay a fee (fees vary and depend on the municipality)
Please check the municipality’s website to ensure you have all of the information required to purchase a marriage licence.
A marriage licence is valid for 90 days from the date it was issued. Marriage licences are valid anywhere in Ontario.
Getting a Marriage certificate.
A marriage certificate is the legal record of a marriage. It lists the date and place of the marriage, and names of the people who were married.
You need this document to:
show legal proof you are married
apply for certain social benefits
settle an estate
change a last name
Before you can get a marriage certificate, a marriage needs to be registered.
After performing your marriage, we register your marriage by sending a complete and signed marriage licence to ServiceOntario.
A marriage certificate can be ordered online.
HAVE YOU BEEN DIVORCED?
Divorced in Canada
You will need to bring official proof of the divorce with you when you apply for a marriage licence. This can be the original or a court-certified copy of one of three documents:
the final decree
the final judgment
a certificate of divorce
Divorced outside of Canada
IMPORTANT: If you have been divorced outside of Canada, you will not be granted a license until a Canadian lawyer verifies your documents. No way around this, folks.
A Canadian lawyer MUST do the footwork, send things off to Thunder Bay (Registrar General) and then you may apply for a licence. Paperwork needs to be received a few months in advance of the wedding, but in some cases a faster turnaround can be achieved. Once your documents have been approved there is a 90-day window to have your wedding.
The official government voice mail 1-800-461-2156 will tell you to expect it to take FOUR WEEKS to be processed once they receive your paperwork. Please make sure that the attorney gives you a breakdown of what you can expect for your money! Anyone charging more than $300 and not sending the paperwork for you is a red flag, and should be avoided.
If you were divorced out of Canada, more information on requirements is available at https://www.ontario.ca/page/getting-married
You do not have to be a Canadian citizen to marry in Canada. There are no residency or citizenship requirements, nor are there any special requirements for same-sex couples.
Will my Canadian wedding be recognized in my home country?
Canadian weddings are recognized world-wide. In the case of same-gender couples, if your country recognizes same-sex weddings, your license from Ontario is recognized.