Are you getting married? In Ontario, you must have a marriage license to legally start your new life together. To obtain a marriage license, you must make an appointment with the Municipality's Administration Department.
Make sure you both sign the application form before presenting yourself at your scheduled appointment at City Hall.
When either the bride-to-be or the groom-to-be makes application, the following identification must be presented for both parties in order for a marriage license to be issued:
a birth certificate (including any change of name certificates) or
a current passport; or
a record of immigrant landing; and
a Canadian citizenship card
In addition to the above documents, a second piece of identification in the form of a government issued photo identification must also be presented for both parties of the intended marriage. This may be either a driver's license, passport or a BYID age of majority card. HEALTH CARDS ARE NOT ACCEPTED AS IDENTIFICATION.
Age of 21 or over - proof of identity as outlined above
Under 21 - proof of age in the form of a birth certificate is required for applicants under the age of 21 along with a government issued photo identification (with the exception of Health Cards)
Age 16 or 17 - A parental consent is a must.
A marriage license is valid for use anywhere in Ontario for three months after it is issued. If you plan to marry outside of the province or the country, be sure to verify the requirements for the appropriate jurisdiction.
Marriage after a divorce
If you were divorced in Canada, you must provide the original certificate of divorce or the absolute decree or a court-certified copy; certified copies can be obtained from the office that granted the divorce. Photocopies and divorce judgements will not be accepted. All original documents will be given back to you.
When applying for a marriage license, you are required to certify information under oath. If you do not understand or are not able to read English or French, please bring an interpreter to assist you.
There are no limitations on citizenship or residency when applying for a marriage license in Ontario.
Blood tests and medical certificates are not necessary to obtain a marriage license in Ontario.
A marriage license currently costs $160.00. You may pay by cash or interac (cheques are not accepted)
You can pick up a marriage license application at City Hall from Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Marriage license form click here
You must make an appointment to obtain your marriage license. A typical appointment will take up to 30 minutes. Once issued, your license is effective and valid for 90 days.
The City of Clarence-Rockland will not coordinate or organize marriage ceremonies.
Want to know more...
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