Getting married

Looking to tie the knot? We can help you! With a little help from us and two easy steps, you can get legally married in Ontario.

Marriage licence

You can obtain a marriage licence through ServiceGuelph. The licence is valid for use anywhere in Ontario within 90 days of the date of issue.

Here’s what you need to do!

We want to see you and your partner during this process but if you both can’t make it, that is okay. Both partners are not required by law to be there in person when submitting the application. Just make sure that you both have signed the marriage licence application and you can submit acceptable identification for each other (original and valid).

The marriage licence will be issued while you wait providing all documentation is complete. Wait times can vary depending on the day week, month or time of day but are shortest mid-month.


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

Acceptable identification

Each applicant must provide any two (2) of the following pieces of original and valid government-issued identification. At least one must contain a current photo and signature. Expired or photocopied identification is not acceptable.

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

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


If you or your partner are 16 or 17 years of age, you require parental consent to marry. A Form 6–Consent of Parent or Guardian to Marry must be completed and signed by both parents/guardian(s).

Widows and widowers

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

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Canadian divorce

If you or your partner’s 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 or order 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 you or your partner’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:

  • 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 ServiceGuelph)
  • 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.

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

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

For more information

For further information about applying for a marriage licence please contact ServiceGuelph at 519-822-1260 extension 2117 or