How to Obtain a Marriage License in Canada

Civil law requires marriage licenses. Be sure to obtain the license in advance and be aware of any applicable fees.

Applicants 18 years of age and over:

-        Both applicants may need to be present 

-        Documentation, valid driver’s license with photo, passport

-        final divorce papers (In Canada:  Pre 1985 Divorces - Decree Absolute, Post 1985 Divorces - Certificate of Divorce) to verify the date of divorce and bride’s current name. 

-        There is no waiting period. The license may be used upon issuance. The license is generally valid for 90 days. 

-        The ceremony be conducted anywhere the couple desires within jurisdiction of the license. Following the ceremony, the license is returned to the Record’s Office. After recording, copies may be obtained from the Record’s Office upon request either in person or by mail. The fee for a certified copy varies. Offices are open during regular business hours. 

Applicants Under 18 years of age: 

-        In addition to the documentation required above, consent of one parent or legal guardian and a court order may be required. 

-        Consent forms can be obtained from the Clerk’s Office in your area. The consent form must be signed in the presence of a Deputy Clerk or a Notary Public by one parent or legal guardian. The consenting person must present proof of identity. If the legal guardian is signing the consent, bring the certified Letters of Guardianship.