Getting married

Couples wishing to be married in Ontario must apply for a marriage licence. The licence is valid anywhere in Ontario.

The application must be signed by both individuals getting married and submitted with the supporting identification and documents listed below in person by the applicant(s) to the marriage licence issuer at ServiceGuelph, City Hall, 1 Carden Street. Although it is not required by law both parties are encouraged to attend when obtaining a marriage licence. The marriage licence will be issued the same day providing all documentation is complete.

For more information

For further information about applying for a marriage licence please contact ServiceGuelph at 519-822-1260 extension 2117 or by e-mail at serviceguelph@guelph.ca

Licence issuing location

ServiceGuelph, City Hall, 1 Carden Street, Guelph

  • Regular Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Summer Hours (July and August): Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Closed on Statutory Holidays and Remembrance Day

Note: Wait times are always shorter mid-month. Save yourself time by avoiding the end-ofmonth lineup.

Licence fee

$145 payable by cash, debit, or credit card

Marriage Licence Application Form

Identification

Each applicant must provide two (2) pieces of original, government-issued identification.  Identification must be provided for both individuals. Expired or photocopied identification is not acceptable.

Any two (2) of the following pieces of identification are accepted, provided at least one contains a current photo and signature:

  • Birth Certificate – preferred
  • Canadian Citizenship
  • Current Driver’s Licence
  • Current Passport
  • Current Permanent Resident Card
  • Current Ontario Photo Card
  • Current Photo Health Card

Note: Documents in a language other than English or French must be translated by a certified translator.

Minors

Applicants 16 or 17 years of age require parental consent. A Form 6 – Consent of Parent or Gaurdian to Marry must be completed and signed by both parents/guardian(s). Contact our office for further information.

Widows and widowers

If you are a widow or a widower, proof of death of your former spouse is not required.

Canadian divorce

If a previous marriage was dissolved or annulled in Canada, the original or court certified copy of the Decree Absolute or Certificate of Divorce must be submitted. A divorce judgement is not acceptable. Original or certified copies may be obtained from the courthouse in the city in which the divorce was granted. Photocopies are not acceptable. All documents will be returned.

Foreign divorce

If either party’s previous marriage ended in divorce outside of Canada, authorization from the Registrar General is required before a marriage licence may be issued. To obtain this authorization, the applicants, or a lawyer representing them, must submit the following to:

The Office of the Registrar General, P.O. Box 4600, 189 Red River Road, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 6L8

  • A completed marriage application form, signed by both applicants
  • A certified copy of the Decree Absolute or Certificate of Divorce or Annulment from the jurisdiction where the divorce was granted sealed by the court. If the divorce is in another language, include a certified translation
  • A Statement of Sole Responsibility for each divorcee, signed by both applicants (available from City Clerk’s Office)
  • A legal opinion of an Ontario lawyer, addressed to both applicants, giving reasons why the divorce or annulment should be recognized by the Province of Ontario.

Contact our office for further information.

Interpreters

If you do not understand or read English, you must provide your own interpreter and he/she must provide identification.

Expiry date

A marriage licence obtained in Ontario is valid for use anywhere in Ontario for a period of three (3) months from the date of issue. There is no waiting period in the Province of Ontario between the date of issuance and marriage ceremony.

The City of Guelph offers Civil Marriage Ceremonies that are performed by a Marriage Officiant. The ceremonies take place on Thursdays and Fridays in Council Chambers at City Hall, 1 Carden St., Guelph as follows:

Thursdays
1:30, 2:00, 2:30, 3:00 and 3:30pm
Fridays
10:00, 10:30, 11:00 and 11:30am and 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, 3:00 and 3:30pm

 

At least two witnesses are required to be present at every marriage in Ontario. If you require a municipal employee to act as your witness, an additional fee per witness will apply. The City of Guelph will also accommodate requests for civil marriages to be performed outside of regular business hours (except Sundays) as well as at other locations. Our Marriage Officiant will be pleased to work with you to meet your needs and to make this occasion one to remember for a lifetime. All fees are noted in the chart below and payable by cash, debit, or credit card at the ServiceGuelph counter in City Hall prior to your ceremony.

For further information or to book a ceremony, please contact the Marriage Officiant 519-822-1260 extension 2468 or by email at Marilyn.Hoffmann@guelph.ca.

Type of Service Fee
Thursdays and Fridays in Council Chambers at City Hall, 1 Carden Street $254.25 (includes HST)
If you require a municipal employee to act as your witness $28.25 (includes HST) per witness
Outside of regular business hours as well as at other locations – within the City of Guelph $395.50 (includes HST)
Outside of regular business hours as well as at other locations – outside of the City of Guelph boundaries $395.50 (includes HST) plus a mileage fee.

For further information on who can perform a legal marriage in Ontario, please refer to serviceontario.ca/gettingmarried