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1.  You must purchase a Marriage License within 90 days of your wedding day.  Marriage Licenses  are bought through your local municipality's civic centre, in the City Clerk's Office.  
Marriage licenses expire after 90 days.  You must bring the Marriage License to your wedding. 
Your minister or wedding officiant and two witnesses, must sign it after your wedding ceremony.  

2.  Your minister or officiant must ask at your wedding if anyone knows of any reason why the two of you cannot be legally married. 

3.  After the Marriage License is signed your Minister or Officiant will send the document to the Office of the Registrar General. 

4.  You may apply for a marriage certificate, by mail, Fax or online, 10 weeks after your marriage.  

If you choose to get married in Ontario, you will both need to meet the eligibility requirements of the province. They are:

  • You both must be at least 16 years old. If you are under 18 years old you can get married but you must have written consent from your parents or legal guardians.
  • You may marry someone of the same or opposite sex. Same-sex marriages (marriages between 2 men or 2 women) have been legal in Ontario since 2003 and 2005 for all of Canada.
  • You cannot be close relatives by blood or adoption (grandparent-grandchild, parent-child, brothers-sisters).
  • You both must be physically present to be married. You cannot get married by telephone, webcam or by proxy.
  • You both must not be currently married. If you are divorced, you must show proof of your divorce when you apply for a marriage licence.

To get married in Canada, you will still need to get a marriage license and certificate.

How do I get a Marriage Licence?

You can apply for a marriage licence wherever you wish to get married through a municipal office or city hall.