Apply for a Marriage Licence At City Hall
What You Need to Know
marriage licence is required to get married in Ontario (or the publication of banns from a church)
No appointment is required when applying for a marriage licence
If you have the required identification and applicable documents it will take approximately 20-30 minutes to process your application and issue the licence
The licence can be used anywhere in the province of Ontario
Once issued a marriage licence is valid for 90 days
The licence is valid for use in Ontario only
How to Apply for a Marriage Licence
1. Review the identification requirements.
2. Review guidelines on re-marrying after a divorce, if applicable.
3. Complete a marriage licence application.
For faster service,
If you are unable to submit your application online or prefer to use a paper version, you can print the form.
4. Visit a City Clerk’s office with the following:
completed application with original signatures and dated
2 pieces of original and valid government issued ID for each person applying from the list of acceptable ID (see Identification Requirements)
divorce documentation, if applicable
You can apply without your partner, if:
both of you have signed and dated the completed application
you bring the required identification for each person on the application (original ID only, we will not accept photocopies or scanned images)
bring original divorce documentation, if applicable
If you cannot read or understand English, you must bring your own interpreter.
The interpreter must present their own identification.
Who Can Get Married?
Anyone over the age of 16 years old can get married in Ontario. If you are under 18 years of age you will need consent from your parents or legal guardians.
A parental consent form must be completed. Forms are available in our office. Your parents or legal guardians must also be present at the time you submit your marriage licence application.
Everyone is welcome to apply for a marriage licence and get married in Ontario, whether you live here permanently or temporarily.
There are no gender, residency, citizenship or medical requirements when applying for a marriage licence.
The requirements are the same for everyone.
Identification Requirements at City Hall
Each person applying for the marriage licence must bring 2 pieces of acceptable government issued identification (ID) from the list below.
Identification must be valid and original (they will not accept photocopies or scanned images/documents)
Identification must provide your legal name and date of birth. Your first and last names must match on the two pieces of ID that are presenting.
To have your middle name(s) included on your marriage licence it must also appear on both pieces of ID.
ID on the list can be from any country, as long as it is government issued.
If the ID is not in English, a written translation from a certified translator is required.
Health cards and S.I.N. cards will not be accepted.
Ontario Photo Card (Purple photo ID card)
Certificate of Canadian Citizenship (Canadian Citizenship Card)
Canadian Government Refugee Travel Document
Conditional Release Identification Card
United States Green Card
Native Status Card
Record of Immigration Landing
Confirmation of Permanent Residency
Permanent Residency Card
Firearms Acquisition Certificate (FAC)
Possession & Acquisition Licence (PAL)
Remarrying After Divorce
Divorced in Canada
You must submit official proof of the divorce when you apply for a marriage licence. This can be the original or a court-certified copy of a:
A certified copy of either of the above divorce documents may be obtained from the court office that granted the divorce. A Decree Nisi, Divorce Order or Judgement is not acceptable. All documents will be returned.
If you do not know where your divorce was granted you can contact the
Central Registry of Divorce Proceedings or 1-613-957-4519.
Divorced Outside of Canada (Foreign Divorce)
If you were divorced outside of Canada, you will need to provide certain documents to prove that you are no longer married. The Office of the Registrar General for the province of Ontario needs to validate these documents and provide authorization in order for you to get a marriage licence.
For more information, contact the Marriage Office at 1-800-461-2156 (toll-free) or visit
Service Ontario. Foreign divorce packages can also be picked up at any of our offices.
Certificate of divorce
The person marrying you will:
You can order a
marriage certificate approximately
10-12 weeks from the date your marriage took place.
perform the marriage ceremony
complete the marriage licence
have you and your witnesses sign the marriage licence
give you the Record of Solemnization of Marriage (this is not an official marriage certificate)
send the completed marriage licence to the province of Ontario to be registered
Obtain A Marriage Certificate
After you have had your marriage ceremony, you may need a marriage certificate. The certificate contains details of your marriage performed in Ontario and proves that a marriage has taken place. You may need a marriage certificate for a number of reasons, including changing your name.
Order Marriage Certificate
Marriage certificates are issued by the Office of the Registrar General for the province of Ontario.
You can order a marriage certificate through Service Ontario.
How to order a marriage certificate
Request for Marriage Certificate
For questions regarding marriage certificates please contact Service Ontario at
416-325-8305 or 1-800-461-2156.
The easiest and fastest way to order a marriage certificate is online through Service Ontario.
To order a marriage certificate by mail simply complete the form that was included with your marriage licence or download the form.
Marriage & Change Of Name
After the marriage ceremony, there are three options either spouse may consider in regards to retaining, assuming, or legally changing their last name.
Option 1: Continue to use their last name
Option 2: “Assume” the use of the spouse’s last name
Under this course of action, the spouse who wishes to keep their current last name needs to take no action.
Ontario law does not require a spouse to change their last name upon marriage.
Option 3: Legally change his/her last name
An assumed name is a name which a person uses or adopts.
Upon marriage, a person may choose to “assume” the last name of their spouse and use it.
To have your identification revised most government organizations, credit card firms, etc. will accept a copy of the marriage certificate issued by the Office of the Registrar General as proof of the marriage.
Staff at one of the Municipal offices can commission your change of name application free of charge
A legal name is the name by which the person is entitled to be recognized for the purposes of Ontario law.
In this instance, a person will elect the option under the Change of Name Act, complete the appropriate forms and submit them to the
Office of the Registrar General
Extended Validity Period
As a second province-woide declaration of emergency had been made, the validity period has been extended for certain licenses issued. Please take note of the following:
* Licenses issued between December 1, 2019 and July 24, 2020 are still valid and can be used until July 24, 2022
* Licenses issued between October 1, 2020 and February 10, 2021 are still valid and can be used until February 10, 2023
Note: the validity period for marriage licenses issued between July 25, 2020 and September 30, 2020 has not been extended. These licensee were only valid for three months from the date issued since tgere was no province-wide eergency during this timeframe.
If, for any reason, couples did not use their license issued during this timeframe and still wish to be married, they will need to purchase another one.