Before you begin
- Plan ahead and apply early – a marriage licence can be used for up to 90 days from the date it is issued.
- You need to be at least 16 years old to get married in Ontario.
- If you are under 18 years old, you will need written consent from both your parents. You can request a consent form by emailing [email protected]
Complete your application
- Download and complete your marriage licence application form
- Print the completed form and sign (must be original, ink signatures for both applicants) and date the form.
Gather your documents
Below are the documents you must provide to apply for a marriage licence. All the documents will be returned to you.
You and your partner both need two (2) pieces of original, government-issued identification. One piece of identification for each of you must include your photo. The names on both pieces of identification must match. Examples include:
- birth certificate, including any change of name certificates
- valid driver’s licence
- valid passport
- Canadian Citizenship card
- record of immigrant landing
- valid Ontario photo health card
- valid Ontario Photo Card
Documents in a language other than English or French must be translated by a certified translator. The certified translation must be submitted with the original piece of identification.
If you or your partner were married before, you will need to provide divorce documents when you apply.
Divorced IN Canada
You will need to submit proof of the divorce when you apply for your marriage licence. This can be the original or court-certified copy of a:
- Decree Absolute
- Certificate of Divorce
You can get these documents from the courthouse where the divorce was granted.
Divorced OUTSIDE Canada
If you were divorced outside of Canada, you will need to send documents to ServiceOntario to prove you are no longer married. Once ServiceOntario has confirmed your documents, they will send you a Foreign Divorce Authorization to Issue a Marriage Licence letter. This process can take up to 4 weeks and must be completed before you apply for your marriage licence.
Follow the ServiceOntario instructions for out-of-country divorces to get a Foreign Divorce Authorization letter.
Apply for your marriage licence
Once you have completed the marriage licence application and gathered your documents, scan or take photos of your:
- Marriage licence application
- Divorce documents (if applicable)
What happens after you apply?
Hearing from us
After you apply for your marriage licence, you can expect to hear from the City of Guelph by email (check your spam box) within two business days:
IF your application and documents are complete
You will receive two separate emails from us to:
- Confirm details and next steps
- Confirm your marriage licence issuing appointment. (Appointments are usually available within two weeks but it may be up to four weeks during busier Spring and Summer months.)
IF your marriage licence application, identification, or divorce documents are incomplete
We will contact you by email to request that you correct and re-submit the required documents.
Attend your marriage licence issuing appointment
- Marriage licences are issued at Guelph City Hall, 1 Carden Street. The appointment usually takes about 20 minutes.
- Either the applicant or joint applicant (or both) can be present at the appointment.
- Bring the originals (no photocopies), for both applicants, of all previously submitted documents and identification including:
- Marriage licence application form (original, ink signatures)
- Divorce documents (if applicable)
- Marriage licence application fee is $150 (payable by cash, debit, credit)
If you have questions about getting a marriage licence, please contact us.
519-822-1260 extension 2117