What You Need to Know
- A marriage licence is required to get married in Ontario (or the publication of banns from a church)
- It is best to make an appointment when applying for a marriage licence
- The licence can be used anywhere in the province of Ontario
- Once issued, a marriage licence is valid for 90 days
- The licence is valid for use in Ontario only
How to Apply for a Marriage Licence
- Review the identification requirements.
- Review guidelines on re-marrying after a divorce, if applicable.
Complete a marriage licence application.
- Visit the Township Office with the following:
- completed application with original signatures and dated/li>
- 2 pieces of original and valid government issued ID for each person applying
- divorce documentation, if applicable
You can apply without your partner, if:
- both of you have signed and dated the completed application
- you bring the required identification for each person on the application (original ID only, we will not accept photocopies or scanned images)
- bring original divorce documentation, if applicable
Marriage Licence Fee
The cost of a marriage licence is $100 (HST included).
We accept cash, debit, or cheque made payable to “Township of Drummond/North Elmsley.”
The marriage licence fee is non-refundable.
Who Can Get Married
Anyone over the age of 16 years old can get married in Ontario. If you are under 18 years of age you will need consent from your parents or legal guardians. A parental consent form must be completed and can be picked up from the Township. Your parents or legal guardians must also be present at the time you submit your marriage licence application.
Everyone is welcome to apply for a marriage licence and get married in Ontario, whether you live here permanently or temporarily. There are no gender, residency, citizenship or medical requirements when applying for a marriage licence. The requirements are the same for everyone.
Each person applying for the marriage licence must bring 2 pieces of acceptable government issued identification (ID) from the list below.
- Identification must be valid and original (we will not accept photocopies or scanned images/documents)
- Identification must provide your legal name and date of birth
- Your first and last names must match on the two pieces of ID that are presenting.
- To have your middle name(s) included on your marriage licence it must also appear on both pieces of ID.
- ID on the list can be from any country, as long as it is government issued.
- If the ID is not in English, a written translation from a certified translator is required.
- S.I.N. cards will not be accepted.
- Birth Certificate
- Driver’s Licence
- Ontario Photo Card (Purple photo ID card)
- Certificate of Canadian Citizenship (Canadian Citizenship Card)
- Canadian Government Refugee Travel Document
- Conditional Release Identification Card
- United States Green Card
- Native Status Card
- Record of Immigration Landing
- Confirmation of Permanent Residency
- Permanent Residency Card
- Citizenship Card
- Identity Card
- Nexus Card
- Firearms Acquisition Certificate (FAC)
- Possession & Acquisition Licence (PAL)
Remarrying after a Divorce
Divorced in Canada
You must submit official proof of the divorce when you apply for a marriage licence. This can be the original or a court-certified copy of a:
- Final decree
- Certificate of divorce
A certified copy of either of the above divorce documents may be obtained from the court office that granted the divorce. A Decree Nisi, Divorce Order or Judgement is not acceptable. All documents will be returned.
If you do not know where your divorce was granted you can contact the Central Registry of Divorce Proceedings or 1-613-957-4519.
Divorced Outside of Canada (Foreign Divorce)
If you were divorced outside of Canada, you will need to provide certain documents to prove that you are no longer married. The Office of the Registrar General for the province of Ontario needs to validate these documents and provide authorization in order for you to get a marriage licence.
For more information, contact the Marriage Office at 1-800-461-2156 (toll-free) or visit Service Ontario. Foreign divorce packages can also be picked up at any of our offices.
Your wedding day is special and we look forward to helping you make this important day beautiful and memorable. Please contact the Township at 613-267-6500 to speak to a Civil Officiant about performing your ceremony. There are numerous options available for your civil ceremony from a basic standard service to the inclusion of your own vows, poems, quotes or songs. Sample ceremonies are provided as part of our civil marriage services. Our staff will meet with you prior to your wedding to prepare your personalized ceremony.
Two witnesses are required, both of whom should be over fourteen years of age (16 years old preferred). The witnesses must be able to understand the ceremony and what is taking place.