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
As part of the City's response to COVID-19, marriage licences are now being issued by appointment only.
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.
- Please be advised that there are limited appointments available. Starting September 8, 2020, appointments will be offered four days per week (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays) at this time. Walk-in appointments are not permitted.
- 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 outside of the building to ensure applicants and staff can maintain physical distancing.
- 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.
- City Hall is not open to the public. Washrooms are not available and you will be required to leave the building once your appointment is complete.
If you no longer require the appointment you schedule, please cancel the appointment to release its availability to the general public.
Attending City Hall
Only one applicant may attend the appointment, and the appointment must be booked under the attending applicant's name. A security pre-screen will 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.
General Information about Applying for a Licence
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.
$150.00 (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.
Applicants must each provide two (2) pieces of government-issued identification. Each applicant must provide either:
Two (2) items from List 1 (Primary ID), or
One (1) item from List 1 (Primary ID) and one (1) item from List 2 (Secondary ID).
At least one of the documents must contain a current photo. Health Cards, S.I.N. Cards, Study Permits and Work Permits will not be accepted.
First name, last name and birth dates must match on both pieces of identification. Middle names will only be added to the licence if it appears on the Primary piece of identification. Change of name certificates must also be provided if applicable.
All identification must be original and valid (i.e. not expired). Please note that as per provincial regulations mandated by the Ontario Registrar General (ORG), the City is not permitted to accept any identification that has expired, including during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes expired Driver's Licences. Service Ontario has many centres across the province that are open and continue to process renewals. Please visit a Service Ontario centre to renew your expired Driver's Licence if you plan to use it as one of your identification documents.
List 1 - Primary ID
(with written translation by a certified Canadian translator if not in English*)
List 2 - Secondary ID
(with written translation by a certified Canadian translator if not in English*)
Certificate of Canadian Citizenship
Citizenship Card from any country
Government issued photo card
Permanent Resident Card
Canadian Record of Immigrant Landing
* French Canadian government issued identification and divorce certificates will be accepted without English translation. No other French only documents will be accepted without certified translation.
The City of Brampton will only accept translated documents by Canadian certified translators who belong to a registered translation association within Canada. In Ontario, the Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario (ATIO) is the registered translation association.
Photocopies of identification will not be accepted. Documents laminated after issuance may not be accepted. If we are not confident of your age or identity, we may ask you for further proof. Please contact us if you are unsure if your ID is appropriate.
For applicants who are 16 and 17 years of age, parental consent is required. A form must be completed and signed by both parents/guardians. 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 December 1, 2019 and July 24, 2020 (which is the end of the declaration of emergency due to COVID-19). Licences issued during this period are still valid and can be used for up to two years (the expiry date of the existing licence will be July 24, 2022). 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.