Before getting married in Ontario, you must obtain a marriage licence. A marriage licence cannot be issued after a ceremony has taken place. Marriage licences are valid for a period of 3 months from the date of issue.
Obtaining a Marriage Licence
Marriage licences are now being issued by appointment as well as walk-in services.
Anyone can schedule an appointment to obtain a marriage licence if they are getting married within 3 months and they have all the required documentation.
All required documents must be brought to the appointment, along with the completed and signed application. If any required documentation is missing, a marriage licence cannot be issued.
If identification documents are not in English, a certified translation must be provided, along with original documents. Certified translation must be provided by a Canadian certified translator who belongs to a registered translation association within Canada. In Ontario, the Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario (ATIO) is the registered translation association.
- If making an appointment, please only book one appointment per couple. Additional bookings will be cancelled.
- Please arrive on time for your appointment. Late arrival may result in appointment being cancelled.
- If you are early for your appointment, you may be required to wait in the seating area.
- Provided all documentation is valid and in order, the marriage licence is issued while you wait. It may take up to 30 minutes to process your application and issue the licence. Please note that expired identification documents will not be accepted.
If you no longer require the appointment you scheduled, please cancel the appointment to release its availability to the general public.
Attending City Hall
Only one applicant is required to attend the appointment, and must bring the required documents for each of the couple. A security pre-screen may be conducted prior to the applicant entering City Hall.
Health and Safety
All individuals attending City Hall are required to wear a non-medical facial mask or covering, which is now mandatory in Brampton's indoor public spaces.
As part of the City's response to COVID-19, all health and safety precautions will be adhered to as recommended by Peel Public Health. Staff will be sanitizing the work area before and after an applicant's visit, and physical distancing markings will be in place for the safety of the applicant and staff.
A marriage licence application form must be completed and signed by both the applicant and joint applicant. The application form must be submitted along with original supporting documents for both applicants.
$160.00 (HST does not apply) - during the City Hall closure, only debit and credit card will be accepted (Visa, MasterCard and American Express). Cash payment is not accepted at this time. The marriage licence fee is non-refundable.
- Two (2) pieces are required, per applicant
- Both pieces of ID must be original (photocopies and/or certified copies not accepted)
- Both pieces of ID must not be expired
- One piece of ID must have a photo
- One piece of ID must include a signature
- Both pieces of ID must provide legal name and date of birth
- First and last names must match on both pieces of ID (and middle name/initial if it is to occur on the marriage licence)
- Change of name certificate must be provided if applicable
- All ID must be in English or French or be accompanied by a translation, certified by the Association of Translators & Interpreters of Ontario (ATIO)
Accepted Forms of Identification
- Canadian Passport or Canadian Travel Document
- Passport from another country
- Birth Certificate
- Canadian Citizenship Card or Certificate
- Driver's Licence
- Government Issued Photo ID Card
- Permanent Residence Card
- Certificate of Indian Status Card
- Nexus Card
- Military ID
- Record of Immigrant Landing
- Valid Canadian Refugee Protection Claimant Document
Unaccepted Forms of Identification
- Social Insurance Card (SIN)
- Health Card
- Study Permit, Work Permit or VISA
- Faith-based record of birth
- Electoral ID or document
- Fishing or other sport-based licence
- Workplace ID badge
For applicants who are 16 and 17 years of age, parental or guardian consent is required. A consent form must be completed and signed by both parents/guardians. Consent of Parent or Guardian to Marriage forms are available at our office. Please contact the City Clerk’s Office in advance of your appointment for more information.
The person(s) being issued the licence must speak and read English competently, or otherwise must be accompanied by an interpreter. It is the applicants’ responsibility to provide an interpreter. Interpreters will be required to show identification and complete a declaration form. Please contact the City Clerk’s Office in advance of your appointment for more information.
The original or court certified copy of the Certificate of Divorce is required. Photocopies will not be accepted. Originals or court certified copies may be obtained from the court which granted the divorce, and will be returned to you. A judgement or Court Order (Divorce Order) issued by the Court will not be accepted – a Certificate of Divorce is required.
For a divorce which was issued outside of Canada, a Foreign Divorce Authorization from the Province of Ontario is required. This process can take up to four (4) weeks.
In order to obtain a Foreign Divorce Authorization, applicants are required to submit the following documents to ServiceOntario:
Legal opinion letter: from an Ontario lawyer, addressed to both people who plan to get married, giving reasons why the divorce or annulment should be recognized in Ontario
Divorce decree or annulment: an original or court-certified copy in English or French. If the decree is in another language, a translated copy and an affidavit sworn by a certified translator, must be included
These documents must be mailed directly to:
PO Box 4600
189 Red River Road
Thunder Bay ON P7B 6L8
Once applicants have received this Authorization to Marry from ServiceOntario, they can then apply for a marriage licence.
Further information is available from our office and at ServiceOntario.
The Province of Ontario has extended the expiry date for marriage licences issued between the following dates, due to COVID-19:
Licences issued between December 1, 2019 and July 24, 2020 are still valid and can be used until July 24, 2022.
Licences issued between October 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020 are still valid and can be used until February 10, 2023.
Licences issued between January 1, 2021 and June 4, 2021 are still valid and can be used until June 4, 2023.
Licences that were issued between July 25, 2020 and September 30, 2020 remain valid for a period of three months (their validity period was not extended). For more information please visit ServiceOntario.
To obtain a marriage licence, please complete the following steps:
- Schedule your appointment: Click this link to schedule your appointment. If you provide your email address, you will receive an email confirmation for your appointment. You can cancel or confirm your appointment by visiting the booking site again and clicking on the "cancel/view appointment" button. You will need to enter the mobile phone number that you used to originally book the appointment. If you have any concerns you may wish to contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your booking as only those listed on our booking confirmation will be accommodated.
Please note, for an optimal experience we recommend using Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Apple Safari (Internet Explorer 11 is no longer supported).
- Complete the application: Complete the marriage licence application, print it off, and ensure both applicants sign and date the application (digital signatures will not be accepted).
- Attend your scheduled appointment: Bring the completed and signed marriage licence application, along with all required identification and divorce documents (if applicable), to your scheduled appointment. Please review this entire webpage for all requirements, as a marriage licence cannot be issued if any required documentation is missing.
Please visit ServiceOntario for more information about getting married in Ontario.