1- Who could officiate a wedding in Ontario?
In a civil ceremony, you can be married by a judge of a justice of the peace. You contact a municipality or city hall to arrange a civil ceremony.
In a religious ceremony, you can be married by an officiant who is recognized by your faith group and is registered to perform marriages in Ontario under The Marriage Act.
2- How do you get a ML?
- You need 2 government issued identification for each person
- A valid passport
- Record of landing
- Citizenship card
- Government issued birth certificate
- Driver’s license
- Valid Ontario photo ID
- Any name change certificate
3- What’s the cost of a Marriage License?
The fee is $125 and is nonrefundable once issued and valid for 90 days.
4- Is it possible to get a ML on the same day?
Yes it is as long as you have the proper identifications for both couple
5- Can you fill a marriage license online?
Yes you could but you must appear in person to sign and purchase the Marriage License. An electronic copy will automatically be submitted to the clerk’s office.
6- How long is the ML valid for?
The marriage license is valid for 90 days
7- Will you need a witness for the Wedding Ceremony?
Yes, you need two witnesses who is at least 18yrs old and an officiant cannot be a witness if officiating the ceremony.
8- Can you marry online?
You can do it but it’s not legal
9- What’s the cost to marry at city hall?
Its $290 +HST which includes the officiant and the chambers
10- What’s the difference between a Marriage License and a Marriage Certificate?
Marriage License is a piece of paper that authorizes you to get married and a Marriage Certificate is the document that proves you are legally married.
11- How do I apply for a marriage certificate
Once you get legally married and the couple, officiant and the 2 witnesses sign the ML, your signed copy will be sent to Service Ontario in Thunder Bay for the Marriage Certificate.
Service Ontario is the only government authorized source for a Marriage Certificate.
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