Marriage is an important event in a couple's life and is also a form of a legal contract. Although planning for your Special Day will be exciting, do not forget some important details like obtaining a marriage license or updating your identification if you change your name. The marriage license is valid anywhere in Ontario for three months from the date of purchase.
The Application Form
Download Marriage License Application Form PDF, or pick one at any Registry services office at any City Hall in Ontario. The marriage application form must be completed and signed by both applicants.
Anyone of the following identity documents must be presented for each person. Identity documents must be original; photocopies will not be accepted.
Valid Driver's license
Canadian citizenship card
Canadian Government refugee travel document
Conditional release identification card
United States green card
Native status card
Record of immigration landing
Citizenship card from any country
Both partners must be 18 years of age or older. If you are 16 or 17 years of age, parental consent is required. Please contact the Registry Services Office at your local City Hall for further information. If you are under the age of 16 years you may not marry in the Province of Ontario.
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Immediately after the marriage ceremony, the couple may receive a Record of Solemnization of Marriage from the person who performed the ceremony.
This document includes the couple's names, the date of the marriage, the names of the witnesses, and whether the marriage was performed under the authority of a license or the publication of banns. This is not a marriage certificate or a legal record. The person who performed the marriage must forward the completed and signed marriage license to the Office of the Registrar General for registration.
Note: The marriage must be registered before you may apply for a marriage certificate. ( Apply 12 weeks after the ceremony)
Online Marriage Certificate Apply online, in person, by fax, and by mail Marriage Licenses may be bought at any City Hall in Ontario if you intend to be married in Ontario.
Online Status Inquiry Check after one business day on the status of your Certificate.
Getting Re-Married in Ontario after a Divorce See the Government Requirements