Marriage Licences

Note: With the Province of Ontario currently in a shutdown and Public Health directing individuals not to travel outside their area of residence this service is currently being offered to Niagara residents only. Those submitting applications will be required to confirm their place of residency in Niagara. Non-Niagara residents are advised to contact their home municipality for local service-delivery options.

The City is not currently performing civil ceremonies.

Please review the process below for more information

 

Overview

Due to the current stay at home order, marriage licences will only be issued on Mondays and Fridays for most weeks.

During this time, it will take a minimum of two weeks to obtain a marriage licence. Please ensure you are obtaining all required documentation (identification, Certificate of Divorce, Foreign Divorce Approval) prior to submitting your application.

Processing times for applications will take a minimum of two weeks, so please ensure you are allowing sufficient time prior to your intended date of marriage. 

Civil Ceremonies

CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Process

Note: With the Province of Ontario currently in a shutdown and Public Health directing individuals not to travel outside their area of residence this service is currently being offered to Niagara residents only. Those submitting applications will be required to confirm their place of residency in Niagara.

OUT OF COUNTRY DIVORCE – please note, if you are applying for a Foreign Divorce Approval, you will not be able to obtain your Marriage Licence until your request has been approved by the Office of the Registrar General.

 

STEP 1

  • Submit an application online.
  • Print off this application and have both applicants sign and date the bottom
  • Mail in or drop off the signed application to City Hall:
    • Mailing Address:
    • 50 Church Street
      P. O. Box 3012
      St. Catharines, ON, L2R 7C2
    • Drop Box: There is a drop box on the James St side of City Hall

If you have obtained a Foreign Divorce Approval, this must be submitted with your original signed application. Your request will not be processed without it.

 

  • On the envelope, please list the following: City Clerks Department - Private and Confidential
  • Once we have received your application, someone will call you in order to set up a Zoom video call and a time for you to pick up your licence. We will not book an appointment until we have received the signed application. Please write your email address on the application so that we have an additional way to contact you.

PAYMENT: Full payment of $158.25 is required in order to obtain a Marriage Licence. At this time there are two payment options:

  • a certified cheque or money order can be put in the envelope with your application or;
  • If a credit card payment is preferred, we will process that when we contact you via Zoom.

STEP 2

  • Staff will call you to set up a Zoom meeting and email you a link to join the video conference. The Zoom meeting will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes and you will need to be available directly after the Zoom meeting to come to City Hall to obtain your licence.
  • During the Zoom meeting, staff will ask to review your identification and divorce papers (if applicable).
    • A Divorce Order is not acceptable as proof of divorce. Please ensure you obtain the original Certificate of Divorce prior to your Zoom meeting
  • Two pieces of original identification and original divorce certificate (if applicable) are required. See below for acceptable forms of identification.
    • PLEASE NOTE: The first piece of ID must be a valid passport or birth certificate. If only one of you is attending the Zoom meeting, you will still be required to show us the valid ID for both applicants.
  • A draft of your marriage licence will be shown to you to verify the information provided is correct.
  • Process credit card payment (if applicable)
  • After the Zoom meeting is complete, you will be required to attend City Hall immediately after in order to obtain your Marriage Licence. You will need to confirm if one or both of you will be attending the appointment.

 

STEP 3

  • You will attend City Hall at your scheduled time and call 905-688-5601 ext. 1517 to advise staff that you have arrived
  • You are required to bring your own pen to City Hall to sign your licence
  • Staff will meet you at the James St. door
  • Signatures will take place and other important information will be provided to you
  • You will take your marriage licence home with you
  • This process will take 5-10 minutes

 

 

Identification

  • 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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