Apply for a marriage licence

A marriage licence from the City of Guelph is valid for 90 days and you can use it anywhere in Ontario.

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How to apply for a marriage licence

Please review all requirements carefully to ensure your application is complete. We can issue your licence when you and/or your partner bring the following documents to Guelph City Hall:

  • A completed marriage licence application, signed by both applicants
  • Two pieces of identification for each applicant
  • Certificate of Divorce or other documents described below
  • A marriage licence application fee $145 (cash, debit, or credit card)

City Hall, 1 Carden Street, Guelph
Regular hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
July 1 to August 31: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed on Statutory Holidays and Remembrance Day

Marriage Licence Application Form
Both you and your partner must provide two pieces of original, valid, government-issued identification. At least one piece of identification must include a current photo and signature.

We cannot accept photocopies or expired identification.

Documents in a language other than English or French must be translated by a certified translator. If you do not understand or read English, please provide your own interpreter and they must provide identification.

Anyone who is 16 or 17 years old must get permission from their parents/guardians before getting married. You can pickup a consent form at City Hall.

You do not need to provide proof of death of your former spouse to apply for a marriage licence.

If an applicant’s previous marriage was dissolved or annulled in Canada, Please submit the original or a court-certified copy of the Decree Absolute or the original Certificate of Divorce with your marriage licence application. You can get original or certified documents from the courthouse where the divorce was granted. All documents will be returned.

We cannot accept a divorce judgement, order, or photocopies.

If an applicant’s previous marriage ended in divorce outside Canada, you will need authorization from the Registrar General before you can get a marriage licence. To get this authorization, you and/or your lawyer must submit the following to the Office of the Registrar General:

  • A completed marriage licence application, signed by both applicants
  • A certified copy of the Decree Absolute or original Certificate of Divorce or Annulment from the jurisdiction where the divorce was granted sealed by the court. Please include a translation if the divorce is in another language
  • 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

We’re here to help

If you have any questions about getting a marriage licence please contact us.

ServiceGuelph
519-822-1260 extension 2117
serviceguelph@guelph.ca