Marriage Licenses

In order to obtain a marriage licence, an application form must be completed and signed by both parties. It is not necessary for both parties to attend to submit the application provided they have the proper documents for both parties. A marriage licence is valid for use anywhere in Ontario for a period of 3 months from date of issue.

Required ID:

Two pieces of ID are required for both parties. Bring an original Birth Certificate plus valid photo ID such as a passport, driver's licence or Canadian Citizenship.  Health cards are not accepted as photo id.

If you were divorced in Canada, your Original or Court Certified Copy of the Certificate of Divorce or Decree Absolute.  A Divorce Judgement is not acceptable proof of divorce. 

If you were divorced outside of Canada, you will need to provide certain documents to prove that you are no longer married. The Ontario Government needs to validate these documents. This process can take up to 4 weeks.

You will need to send the following documents to ServiceOntario:

  • 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

Please mail these documents directly to:

ServiceOntario
Marriage Office
PO Box 4600
189 Red River Road
Thunder Bay ON  P7B 6L8

For more information and to obtain the required forms, visit Service Ontario or call 1.800.461.2156.

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