How to get your Marriage License

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

  1. Eligibility Requirements:
    • Both parties must be at least 18 years old. If you are 16 or 17 years old, you will need written consent from both of your parents.
    • You must not be currently married to someone else.
  2. Complete the Marriage License Application:
    • Download and fill out the Marriage License Application Form from the Service Ontario website.
    • You and your partner must complete and sign the application form.
  3. Prepare Required Documents:
    • Identification: Both parties must provide two pieces of government-issued identification, one of which must include a photo. Acceptable documents include:
      • Birth Certificate
      • Passport
      • Driver’s License
      • Ontario Photo Card
    • If you were previously married, you need to provide proof of divorce (final decree or certificate of divorce) if the divorce was granted in Canada. If the divorce was granted outside of Canada, additional documentation and clearance from the Registrar General are required.
  4. Submit Your Application:
    • Visit a municipal office or city hall in Ontario to submit your application in person. You can find a list of locations on the Service Ontario website.
    • Both applicants do not need to be present when submitting the application, but the person submitting it must bring the necessary identification for both parties.
  5. Pay the Marriage License Fee:
    • Fees vary by municipality, typically ranging from $120 to $150. Check with your local municipal office for the exact fee.
  6. Receive Your Marriage License:
    • If all documentation is in order, you will receive your marriage license on the spot. It is valid immediately upon issuance.
    • The marriage license is valid for 90 days from the date of issue, so you must get married within this period.

Tips and Additional Information:

  • Lost or Damaged License: If you lose or damage your marriage license, you must apply for a replacement at the same municipal office where you originally obtained it.
  • Non-Resident Requirements: Non-residents of Ontario can also apply for a marriage license, provided they meet all the necessary requirements.
  • No Blood Tests Required: Ontario does not require blood tests or medical exams to obtain a marriage license.

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By following these steps, you can obtain your marriage license and proceed with your wedding plans in Ontario. If you have any specific questions or need further assistance, feel free to reach out to your local municipal office.