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How to get your marriage licence

How to get your marriage licence

How to Get Your Marriage License in Ontario (Sudbury):

Couples are responsible for getting their marriage licence from a City Hall in Ontario, which is given to the Officiant to complete and mail away. You require a Marriage Licence to become legally married. You can pick up your licence at any City Hall it does not have to be the city you are getting married in or the city you reside in. Your marriage licence is valid for 90 days so plan accordingly within your wedding date. It is important for you to bring your marriage licence to your Love Times Two Officiant the day of the ceremony and your officiant will have you, your spouse, and 2 witnesses complete the paperwork before they registers it with the Government.

To get a marriage licence:

1. Application:

Visit the City of Greater Sudbury Clerk's Office to obtain a marriage license application and to make your appointment. You can also check their website for online application options at In the search bar type marriage licence and they will prompt you on what to do.

2. Required Documents:

You will need to bring 2 pieces of government issued identification for each person getting married. One piece of identification must include your photo. For examples of government-issued identification, please visit they will list everything you will need to bring to your appointment on their website.

Your application and appointment can be submitted online, but you will still need to go to the office to pick up your Marriage Licence. If you fill out your application online before your appointment with City Hall. Only one applicant needs to go to the appointment, but you must have your partner’s original pieces of ID and signatures on the form. If applicable, provide proof of divorce or annulment, such as the original or court-certified copy of the divorce decree.

3. Fees:

Pay the applicable fee for the marriage license. Accepted payment methods may include, debit, or credit cards. Check the City of Greater Sudbury website for the most up-to-date fee information. Some City Halls offer better deals than others so shop around. You will be leaving with your marriage licence on the same day as your appointment. Always a good idea to double check all spelling of your names are make changes if needed before leaving.

4. Ceremony:

The marriage license is valid for three months (90 days) from the date of issuance. Ensure that your marriage ceremony takes place within this timeframe.

5. Officiant:

Choose a registered officiant or religious representative to perform the marriage ceremony. Ensure that they are authorized to solemnize marriages in Ontario. Visit data Ontario and type wedding officiants for a current list of registered officiants in your area.

6. Marriage Registration:

Following the ceremony, the officiant will submit the completed marriage license and registration to the Office of the Registrar General for official record-keeping.

7. Marriage Certificate:

After the marriage is registered, you can apply for your marriage certificate, which is a legal document proving your marital status. This is a separate process from obtaining the marriage license. This can be done online at in the search bar type marriage certificate and they will prompt you on how to apply for your marriage certificate. This needs to be done within 8-10 weeks after the wedding day.

8. Expedite Ontario Marriage:

Reach out if you need help to have your marriage licence and certificate processed quickly. It's important to check with the City of Greater Sudbury Clerk's Office or visit their website for any updates to the process or additional requirements. Always plan ahead to allow time for the waiting period and any unforeseen circumstances.

Congratulations on your upcoming marriage!

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