Marriage Licences

PLEASE NOTE: Marriage licences are being issued, however, this is being done on an appointment basis only beginning on Monday, August 10th, 2020.

Due to a high volume of requests,  you can only book an appointment if your intended date of marriage is within the next 30 days, to help ensure timely access to this service

The City is not currently performing civil ceremonies.

Please review the process below for more information.

Overview

Marriage licences may be obtained from The Office of the City Clerk on an appointment only basis between 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. 

 

Civil Ceremonies

CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

 

Process

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your identification or the validity of a document, please contact The Office of the City Clerk at 905-688-5601 ext 1517.

  • Complete your Marriage Licence Application online.
  • Print the application and have both applicants sign and date it. Original signatures are required.
  • Book an appointment to obtain your Marriage Licence if you are getting married in the next 30 days
    • If your ceremony is 30 days or more from your application date, we ask that you wait to book your appointment. Due to a high demand, your appointment will be rescheduled if you are outside the 30 day time frame.
    • For more information on booking an appointment and visiting City Hall please check out the City's Citizens First page
  • At least one party of the proposed marriage must attend the appointment in person. They must bring in the signed application form along with original identification for the absent person. 
  • 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, valid passport or Nexus Card.
  • Second piece of acceptable identification includes:
    • Original Birth Certificate (with any change of name certificate, if applicable)
    • Record of Immigration or Canadian Citizenship Card
    • Passport
    • Driver's Licence.
    • Ontario Photo Card
    • Aboriginal Status Card
  • A marriage licence is valid for use anywhere in Ontario for a period of three months from the date of issuance.
  • If you cannot complete a marriage licence application online, you can print an application to complete later or pick one up at the Office of the City Clerk.

 Divorced Persons in Canada

  • Must provide the original or court-certified copy of the Decree Absolute or Certificate of Divorce dissolving or annulling the marriage. Please note: we cannot accept a Divorce Order as this is not the final paperwork from the courts.
  • Documents are available at the Ontario Court, Provincial Division in the municipality where the divorce was granted. The St. Catharines Provincial Court is located at 59 Church St. 

Divorced Persons Outside Canada

If you were divorced outside of Canada, you will need to provide certain documents to prove that you are no longer married. The government needs to validate these documents. This process can take up to 4 weeks.

  • You will need to send the following documents to the Office of the Registrar General:

    • marriage licence application form: completed and signed
    • statement of sole responsibility: for each divorce (signed by both people who are planning to get married and a witness)
    • 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

Once this process has been completed, all of the above must be sent to the Office of the Registrar General for their approval. An approval letter from the Province will then be mailed to you. This letter will be valid for 3 months, so you must get married within that time frame. You must bring this letter with you when you apply for your Marriage Licence.

Foreign Divorce Approval packages can be obtained through our office.

 

Minors

  • Minors are applicants who are between the ages of 16 to 18 years of age
  • Both parents' consent is required and everyone must attend City Hall to obtain the Marriage License providing two pieces of identification
  • You are required to complete a Provincial Form 6 upon arrival 

Provincial Marriage Certificates

Applications for a Provincial certificate of marriage may be obtained from Service Ontario or The Office of the City Clerk at City Hall. Applicable fees charged by the province are set out on the application form.

Office of the Registrar General
189 Red River Rd., P. O. Box 4600
Thunder Bay, ON, P7B 6L8.

Phone: 1.800.461.2156 or 416.825.8305

Fees

The fee for a Marriage License is $158.25. 

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