Licences for marriages to be performed in the Province of Ontario are available from the Clerk’s office, reception desk. Applicants are encouraged to contact the office well in advance of the intended date of marriage to review the requirements for obtaining a licence.
Licence Application Process
·Licences are issued only to the applicant and/or joint applicant, BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday.
·Book an appointment by calling the Licence Issuer at 905-945-9634 ext. 2007. Please leave a message if needed to book your appointment. Your call will be returned as soon as possible.
·Marriage Licence Application form must be completed and signed by the applicant and joint applicant.
oONLINE APPLICATION –Please remeber that an appointment still has to be made with a Licence Issuer and proper documentation is required. Once you have submitted the application form, print and sign the bottom of the page.
Complete the marriage licence application online here .
If you experience difficulties trying to submit online, click here to download the marriage application program and run on your computer.
·At least one applicant may apply in person for the Marriage Licence, but must have the original proper identification for the absent applicant.
·Two pieces of valid government issued identification must be presented from both applicants. Only original identification will be accepted.
·One piece of identification must be an original birth certificate or valid passport.
·Second piece of acceptable identification includes:
oOriginal Birth Certificate (with any change of name certificate, if applicable)
oAboriginal Status Card
·A marriage licence is valid for use anywhere in Ontario for a period of three months from the date of issuance.
Divorced in Canada
Applicants granted a divorce within Canada must provide the original or court-certified copy of the Decree Absolute or Certificate of Divorce from the court where the divorce was granted. The documents will be inspected and returned to the applicant(s) prior to issuance of the licence. Please note that a Decree Nisi, Divorce Order, or Divorce Judgment is not acceptable proof of divorce.
Divorced Outside of Canada
If a divorce was granted outside of Canada, additional documentation must be provided. Please note that it may take 4 weeks or longer to obtain a marriage licence. Please note that the Authorization Letter is only good for 90 days
You will need to send the following documents to Service Ontario:
·Marriage Licence Application Form: completed and signed
pdf Marriage Licence Application Form
·Statement of Sole Responsibility: for each divorce (signed by both people who are planning to get married and a witness)
pdf Statement of Sole Responsibility
·Legal Opinion Letter: from an Ontario lawyer, addressed to both people who plan to get married, giving reasons why the divorce or annulment should be recognized in Ontario
·Divorce decree or annulment: an original or court-certified copy in English or French. If the decree is in another language, you will need to include a translated copy and an affidavit sworn by a certified translator
Please mail these documents directly to:
PO Box 4600
189 Red River Road
Thunder Bay, ON P7B 6L8
You can also contact this office for a sample legal opinion letter.
For more information: call 1-800-461-2156 (toll-free).
You must be at least 18 years old to be married in Ontario without authorization or parental consent. Applicants 16 or 17 years of age may marry with the consent in writing of both parents. Consent of Parent or Guardian to Marriage (Form 6) must be completed and signed by both parents. Please contact our office for further information.
If you are a widow or a widower, the City does not require proof of death of your former spouse.
The fee for a Marriage Licence is $125. Available payment types include:
Officials in Ontario
For a list of officials authorized to perform legal marriages in Ontario as well as other helpful information for couples, please select the link below:
Online Licence Application Process
Licences for marriages to be performed in the Province of Ontario are available from the Clerk’s office, reception desk.
Applicants are encouraged to contact the office well in advance of the intended date of marriage to review the requirements for obtaining a licence.
The marriage licence application may be completed online below or at the Clerk's Office.
Complete online by following these easy steps, or you can take a video tour on how to submit online:
Enter the necessary information.
Print the marriage licence application form
Submit the application online
Print the online submission form
Phone for appointment
Bring all the copies with you to the town hall
The marriage licence application form MUST BE SIGNED BY BOTH INDIVIDUALS.
The completed application along with the 14 digit number must be submitted in person to the Clerk’s Office by at least one of the applicants with the supporting documents for both applicants noted below. The Marriage Licence will be issued the same day usually in 10-15 minutes.
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