Planning your dream wedding in Ontario? Ensure a seamless start by securing a valid marriage licence. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you navigate the process:
1. Application Process:
To begin, complete the marriage licence application. Visit your local municipality or check their website to confirm if they offer this service. If you're in Ottawa, apply conveniently here.
2. Required Identification:
Gather two pieces of government-issued identification for each person getting married. One piece must include a photo. Acceptable forms include:
- Government-issued birth certificate (with any name change certificates)
- Valid passport
- Record of immigrant landing
- Canadian Citizenship Card
- Valid driver’s licence
- Valid Ontario Photo Card
3. Additional Documentation (if applicable):
Ensure you have supporting documentation, such as proof of divorce if applicable. Remember, this is a crucial step in the process.
The marriage licence is purchased directly from the municipality, with Ottawa's current fee standing at $173.
5. Solo Applicant? No Worries:
If only one partner can attend the appointment, they must provide two pieces of identification for themselves and two for their partner.
After completing the application process:
1. Verify Your Licence Information:
Ensure all details on your marriage licence, including names and addresses, are accurate.
2. Inform Your Officiant:
Send a copy of your wedding licence to your officiant promptly.
3. Keep It Safe:
Store your marriage licence securely until the big day.
4. Don't Forget on Your Wedding Day:
Most importantly, remember to bring your marriage licence with you on your wedding day!