The Marriage Licence Application must be completed by individuals wishing to purchase a Marriage Licence in order to be married in Ontario. Download the Marriage Licence Application form (PDF)
The form will only be accepted by completing the information and taking it in person to an Ontario Marriage Licence issuer. Contact your City/Municipality Clerk's Office for the location of the Marriage Licence Issuer nearest you. Find a local city hall, town hall or municipal office.
You will need to bring:
* 2 pieces of Government-issued identification for each person getting married and one of them must include your photo.
Types of Government-Issued I.D.
- Birth Certificate including any change of names certificate
- Record of Landed Immigrant
- Canadian Citizenship Card
- Ontario Photo Card
* pay a fee (fees vary and depend on municipality)
** License is valid for 90 days from the date it was issued
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 your last name
Before you can obtain a marriage certificate, a marriage needs to be registered.
After performing your marriage, I will register your marriage by sending a complete and signed marriage licence to ServiceOntario.
A marriage certificate can be ordered online.
Marriage Act requires the free and enlightened consent of two persons to be the spouse of each other.
You need to be at least 16 years old to get married in Ontario. (Under 18 years old: you will need written consent from both your parents. You can get consent forms where you get a marriage licence.)
No particular form of ceremony is required except that in some part of the ceremony, in the presence of the person solemnizing the marriage and witnesses, each of the parties shall declare:
I do solemnly declare that I do not know of any lawful impediment why I, ________, may not be joined in matrimony to ________; and each of the parties shall say to the other:
I call upon these persons here present to witness that I, ______, do take you, _______, to be my lawful wedded wife (or to be my lawful wedded husband or to be my lawful wedded partner or to be my lawful wedded spouse), after which the person solemnizing the marriage shall say:
I, ______, by virtue of the powers vested in me by the Marriage Act, do hereby pronounce you _______ and _______ to be married.
Same Sex Marriage
Same-sex marriage has been legal in Canada since the enactment of the Civil Marriage Act on July 20, 2005 and Ontario was the first province where it was legal.
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