You may also download a marriage licence application from the Service Ontario website or pick one up in person at one of our four Registry Services offices. The application must be SIGNED BY BOTH INDIVIDUALS and submitted to us by at least one of the applicants with the supporting documents for both applicants as noted below.
Two pieces of identification are required for each person. See listing of acceptable identification. All documents must be original; photocopies will not be accepted.
The legal name is the one registered at birth or the one changed legally through adoption, court order/Change of Name Certificate or marriage.
The identification accepted is:
- Birth Certificate
- Valid Passport
- Valid Driver's licence
- Canadian citizenship card
- Canadian Government refugee travel document
- Conditional release identification card
- United States green card
- Native status card
- Record of immigration landing
- Permanent Residency Card
- Citizenship card from any country
- Identity card from any country
- Ontario photo card
Ontario Health Cards and Social Insurance Number (SIN) Cards are not acceptable forms of identification to obtain a marriage licence.
Please note: It is important that you bring identification that states your name in full. The marriage licence will only state what is written on your identification.
Both partners must be 18 years of age or older. If you are 16 or 17 years of age, parental consent is required. Please contact the Registry Services Office at 416-392-7036 for further information. If you are under the age of 16 years you may not marry in the Province of Ontario.
If your identification is not in English, a written translation from a certified translator is required.
If you cannot understand or read English, you must bring your own translator. The translator must present identification.
There is no gender, residency, citizenship or medical requirements for obtaining a marriage licence.
Marriage after divorce
Canadian Divorce: If you were divorced in Canada, you must provide the original Certificate of Divorce or a court-certified copy (photocopies not accepted), or Decree Absolute. Please note that a Judgement or Divorce Order is not acceptable proof of divorce.
Foreign Divorce: If you were divorced, or your marriage was dissolved or annulled outside of Canada, you will need authorization to marry from the Office of the Registrar General (Service Ontario).
Contact our office at 416-392-7036 or visit Service Ontario to learn how to obtain this authorization.
Marriage outside of Ontario
If your marriage took place outside of Ontario, your marriage is not registered in Ontario. Your marriage will be registered in the jurisdiction where the marriage licence was issued. If you require a Marriage Certificate, you will have to contact the Office which issued your licence.
If you are a widow or a widower, proof of death of your former spouse is not required.
Publications of banns
A marriage may be solemnized under the authority of the publication of banns. If you are having a religious ceremony, please check with the clergy prior to purchasing a marriage licence.