How to get your Marriage Certificate

Step-by-Step Guide to Getting a Marriage Certificate in Ontario

  1. Ensure Your Marriage is Registered:
    • The officiant who performed your marriage ceremony will send a completed marriage license to the Office of the Registrar General for registration.
    • It typically takes 10-12 weeks for your marriage to be registered. If your marriage was performed by a registered officiant and they have sent the paperwork, you can check the status by contacting the Office of the Registrar General.
  2. Wait for the Registration:
    • Before applying for a marriage certificate, ensure your marriage has been registered with the Office of the Registrar General. You may need to wait several weeks after your wedding for this process to be completed.
  3. Complete the Marriage Certificate Application:
    • You can apply for a marriage certificate online, by mail, or in person.
    • To apply online, visit the Service Ontario website and fill out the Marriage Certificate Application Form.
    • To apply by mail, download the application form, fill it out, and mail it to the Office of the Registrar General along with the required fee.
    • To apply in person, visit a Service Ontario center with the completed form and fee.
  4. Provide Required Information:
    • You will need the following information to apply for a marriage certificate:
      • Full names of both parties before marriage.
      • Date of marriage.
      • City or town of marriage.
    • You may also need to provide your marriage license number or registration number if available.
  5. Pay the Fee:
    • The fee for a marriage certificate varies depending on the type of certificate you need and the processing time. As of the latest information, standard processing fees are:
      • $15 CAD for a short form (basic) certificate.
      • $22 CAD for a detailed (long) certificate.
      • Additional fees may apply for rush service.
  6. Receive Your Marriage Certificate:
    • If you applied online, you can expect to receive your certificate by mail within 15 business days (standard service) or 5 business days (rush service).
    • If you applied by mail, processing times may be longer.

Types of Marriage Certificates:

  1. Short Form (Basic Certificate):
    • Contains the basic details of the marriage such as the names of both parties, date, and place of marriage.
    • Suitable for most legal and administrative purposes.
  2. Long Form (Detailed Certificate):
    • Includes additional details such as the names of the parents of both parties.
    • Required for certain legal processes or international purposes.

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By following these steps, you can obtain your official marriage certificate, which is essential for legal documentation and various administrative purposes. If you encounter any issues or need further assistance, contact Service Ontario or the Office of the Registrar General for support.