How to Obtain a Marriage Licence
If you intend to marry within Ontario, you may obtain a marriage licence at most municipal offices within Ontario. A marriage licence expires three months from the date of issue.
Important note: If you have had a religious ceremony that was performed in any country, a marriage licence cannot be issued, as you are considered married.
Marriage Applications - must be completed prior to the licence being issued. Applications can be picked up from most municipal offices or printed from the Marriage Licence Application link below.
Marriage Licences - One applicant to the marriage may submit the completed application form in order to obtain a Marriage Licence provided that the required original identification/documentation for the absent party is presented. The application must be original and signed by both applicants.
Identification - Two original pieces of government-issued identification for both applicants is required and may include the following:
- Birth Certificate
- Current Passport
- Record of Immigrant Landing
- Driver's Licence
- Canadian Citizenship Card
- Permanent Resident's Card
- Change of name Certificate
Divorce - If either applicant is divorced, you are required to present with your application, an "original" or "court-certified copy" of the Final Decree or Certificate of Divorce. (Photocopies of certificates are not acceptable). A divorce certificate may be obtained from the court that granted the divorce.
Divorce Outside of Canada - If the divorce was granted outside of Canada, the municipal office will provide and assist you with a Foreign Divorce Kit, required to be completed for authorization from the Office of the Registrar General. A marriage licence cannot be issued until the authorization is issued to the applicant and submitted with the marriage application. This process may take up to four weeks.
Age - You must be at least 18 years of age. No person under the age of 16 may marry. Any person who is 16 or 17 years of age may marry with the consent of both parents. Forms are available from your local Municipal Office.
Fee - The fee for a marriage licence is $145 (as of January 1, 2016) payable by cash, cheque, debit, Visa or MasterCard at the time your licence is issued. It takes approximately 30 minutes to process and issue the marriage licence.
Location - Our offices are located at 225 East Beaver Creek Road (northwest corner of Highway 7 and East Beaver Creek Road), Access Richmond Hill, Ground Floor. Marriage licences are issued between the hours 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. No appointment is required. If you need more information about marriage licence procedures, please contact our Marriage Licensing Office at 905-771-8800.
Marriage Licence Application [PDF]
Office of the Registrar General Online Certificate Application