The criteria for obtaining a marriage license vary from province to province. Before you head off to get your marriage license, find out how long the license valid for. In some areas, the license is valid for several weeks, while in the areas it never expires.
Most information about marriage licenses can be found on your local government’s websites. The information that you should be looking for You will need some form of valid ID (a birth certificate or driver’s license). You will also need to provide proof of divorce annulment on the form if you or your fiancé were previously married. In Greater Toronto area Service Ontario is the only government-authorized source for Ontario marriage certificates. It’s safer, cheaper and faster.
City of Toronto
100 Queen Street West, Rotunda
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
Etobicoke Civic Centre
399 The West Mall, Main Floor
Toronto, ON M9C 2Y2
North York Civic Centre
5100 Yonge Street, Ground Floor
Toronto, ON M2N 5V7
Scarborough Civic Centre
150 Borough Drive, Floor 3
Toronto, ON M1P 4N7
Monday to Friday (except holidays)
8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
A marriage certificate is a paperwork containing the information of a couple’s marriage performed in Ontario. You can order a copy or multiple copies online if the marriage is registered in Ontario. You can use this certificate to change your name, process a divorce, or as a record of family history.
In Ontario, a person needs to be at least16 years old to get married. However, under the age of 18, a person needs their parents to consent to get married. Married are only legal if they are performed by a proper authorized official. In Ontario, there are two types of marriage ceremonies.
A marriage certificate is a legal document that certified the marriage of a couple and it contains the date of marriage, the place of marriage and the people getting married.
To get a marriage license each person will need to provide two different government issue ID one of which must include photo identification. The cost of the marriage varies depending on the municipality. Here are some examples of accepted identification:
- Birth certificate
- Record of immigrant landing
- Valid passport
- Canadian Citizenship Card
- Valid Driver’s License
- Valid Ontario Photocard
The marriage license is valid for only 90 days from the date it was received.
Download the Marriage Licence Application form (PDF)
Forms you need before you marry
Before you get married, you need either:
- a marriage license, or
- a banns form that you get from a church when you publicly announce your commitment during a divine service (a church publishes this declaration, called “the publication of banns”)
Banns cannot be published if you or your spouse has been married before. You will need to get a marriage license. The married couple, witnesses and the officiant who performed the marriage will need to sign the license or banns immediately after the ceremony.
Even though you have a marriage license, it doesn’t mean you are legally married. A marriage license is simply the government’s permission to get married. For a marriage license to be valid and binding, the license has to be signed by a religious or civil officiant. Once you have your license, don’t lose it. After the completion of the ceremony. your officiant will simply sign the license and send it back to the proper government office and then you will be legally married.
When the time comes for you to sign the license, you should already have decided on your married name. In Ontario, the license is the first legal document containing your married name, so don’t wait until the last minute to decide.