Apply for a marriage licence

Before you get married, you need to apply for a marriage licence. 

The Town issues marriage licences by appointment.      

If you would like to apply for a marriage licence, please follow the process below:

  1. scan and email your completed Marriage Licence Application marriage licence application and 2 pieces of government issued ID (in good standing) for each applicant to
  2. Please submit your documentation in one email and ensure that scanned documents are clear and legible
  3. In your email, please also let us know your scheduled wedding date
  4. Only one applicant may pick up the licence. In your email, please confirm the name of the applicant who will be picking up the marriage licence
  5. If either applicant has been married before, you must also provide the original divorce certificate with seal

Please note: we only process marriage licences and schedule appointments for applicants once all information and the payment has been received and reviewed. This may take 3-5 business days.  Please bring all original documentation to your appointment.

When attending Town Hall, for your safety and that of the staff on site, we ask that you please follow public health guidelines, including wearing a mask and sanitizing your hands. 


It costs $135 to apply for a marriage licence. This payment is non-refundable.

The marriage licence fee of $135 may be paid online 

  1. Select “Parking Violation” as the payment type
  2. In the “Ticket Number” field enter the last names of both applicants. If you are unable to fit both last names in the space provided, please enter the name of the applicant that will be picking up the licence
  3. Enter your email address
  4. Continue to fill in the fields as required
  5. In the “Amount” field, enter $135.00
  6. Our online payments are processed through Paymentus Corporation - a third party automated payment service that accepts Visa or Mastercard. Paymentus will charge a convenience fee of 1.75% for each transaction.

Please note: The marriage licence will not be processed until payment has been received



Applicants must be at least 18 years old to get married in Ontario. If you are 16 or 17 years old, you may marry if you have the written consent of both parents or legal guardians.

In order to get a marriage licence, you and your partner will need to provide two pieces of government-issued identification. One piece of identification must include your photo. Examples of suitable identification include:

  • birth certificate or change of name certificate
  • valid passport
  • record of immigrant landing
  • Canadian citizenship card
  • valid driver's licence
  • valid Ontario photo card

If you or your partner have previously been divorced in Canada, you will need to provide one of the following documents:

  • Certificate of Divorce;
  • Original or court-certified Decree Absolute; or
  • Final judgment

For divorces issued prior to June 1, 1986, the original or certified copy of the Final Decree will be accepted.

If you got divorced outside of Canada, you will need to contact the Office of the Registrar General.

Marriage certificates

A marriage certificate contains the details of a marriage that was performed in Ontario. You will need the certificate in order to change your name, process a divorce or record your family history. You may apply for a marriage certificate online through Service Ontario.

Civil ceremonies

Due to efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to protect all individuals, the Council Chambers at Town Hall will not be open to the public  for holding civil marriage ceremonies. 

Review the Province of Ontario's database of registered religious officiants to find an officiant for your wedding or contact us for a list of officiants who offer this service in the Town of Orangeville.