Obtaining a Marriage License
In Ontario, both parties to the marriage must complete a provincial Marriage License Application Form.
Marriage license applications are processed at the Municipal Office, 3131 Old Perth Road, Monday - Friday during regular office hours.
The license fee is $150.00 (non-refundable), payable by cash, debit or money order.
Ontario Marriage Licenses are valid anywhere in the Province of Ontario for 90 days from the date of issue.
Please allow at least 2 days for processing applications.
- At least one party to the proposed marriage must apply in person with the completed marriage application form signed by both parties with 2 pieces of below listed ID for each person. However, two pieces of original valid identification are required for each applicant, and the application must be signed by both applicants.
2 pieces of government-issued identification for each person getting married. One piece of identification must include your photo.
Examples of government-issued identification:
- government-issued birth certificate, including any change of name certificates
- valid passport
- record of immigrant landing
- Canadian Citizenship Card
- valid driver's licence
- valid Ontario Photo Card
If a previous marriage was dissolved or annulled within Canada, the original or court certified copy of the Decree Absolute or Certificate of Divorce must be submitted. Certified copies may be obtained from the court that granted the divorce. Photocopies are not acceptable; all documents will be returned.
*** Divorce documents must have a court seal on the document face in order for a marriage license to be granted.
If you were divorced outside of Canada, you will need to provide certain documents to prove that you are no longer married. The 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.
You need to be at least 16 years old to get married in Ontario.
Under 18 years old: you will need written consent from both your parents. You can get consent forms where you get a marriage licence.
Types of Marriage
An Authorized official needs to marry you to ensure that a marriage is performed properly and legally. There are 2 types of marriage ceremonies performed in Ontario:
A recognized religious official marries you.
Civil ceremonies can be performed by the CAO or Clerk at the Municipal Office during regular business hours and off-site locations / after-hours depending on availability.
Ceremonies at the Municipal Office take place in Council Chambers, 3131 Old Perth Road, Almonte.
Fees (non-refundable) are payable by cash, debit, or money order:
- $300.00 (at the Municipal Office during regular office hours)
- $350.00 (off-site and/or after-hours)
Consultation: Both applicants are required to attend a pre-consultation with the officiant. The consultation must be scheduled at least one week prior to the ceremony.
Ceremony Options: The couple will be provided with a number of ceremony options to choose from; any special readings must be provided to the officiant at least one week prior to the ceremony.
After the marriage ceremony, the officiant who performs the ceremony will mail your completed marriage license for registration to the Office of the Registrar General. Once the license has been registered you may apply online for a marriage certificate through Service Ontario payable by credit card. Please wait 6-8 weeks after your wedding before applying for a marriage certificate.
If you choose to mail your application or pay by cheque or money order, hard copy marriage certificate applications may be obtained at the Municipal Office or at a Service Ontario Centre.