Marriage Licence Applications

Marriage Licences are available by appointment only. Please contact Katy Macpherson to schedule an appointment.

The Town of Greater Napanee issues marriage licences for couples getting married in Ontario. A marriage licence is valid for 3 months from the date it is issued and is valid for use anywhere in Ontario. The marriage licence fee is $125.00 (paid by cash, interac (debit) or online).

Application Process:

1. The Marriage Licence Application Form must be completed and submitted online. Complete and Submit a Marriage Licence Application Form.

2. You will receive an email (please check your junk folder) with your completed applications attached. Please print these forms. Both parties must sign these printed forms.

3. Bring 2 pieces of ID each, and divorce documentation, if necessary, to your appointment. Photocopies will not be accepted. If only one person is present, documents for the absent party are still required.

4. Appointments take place at the Community & Corporate Services office (41 Dundas St W - entrance through the back) during regular business hours (Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) Complete applications will be processed in under 30 minutes. The licence fee must be paid at this time.

Identification

Both parties must provide identification.

Accepted identification is one of the following:

  • a valid passport; 
  • an original birth certificate and any change of name certificates; 
  • a record of immigrant landing;
  • a Canadian Citizenship card; 
  • a permanent resident card

and one piece of government-issued photo ID, for example:

  • a valid driver's licence
  • Ontario photo ID card

There are no requirements regarding residency, pre-marital blood tests or medical certificates.

 
Age of Consent 
Any person who is at least 18 years old may marry in Ontario. Any person who is 16 or 17 years old (other than a widow, widower or divorced person) may only marry with the written consent of his/her legal guardian. A special consent form is available from the Town for this purpose. 
Requirements if either party has been divorced  

 If the divorce was dissolved or annulled in Canada:

  • the original or court certified copy (from the same court in which the divorce or annulment was granted), of the Final Decree or Certificate of Divorce. 
  • the Divorce Order is not acceptable.

If the divorce was granted outside Canada, you will need to provide certain documents to prove that you are no longer married. The government needs to validate these documents. This process can take up to 4 weeks.

You will need to send the following documents to the Office of the Registrar General:

  • Marriage Licence Application Form - completed and signed
  • Statement of Sole Responsibility - for each divorce (signed by both people who are planning to get married and a witness)
  • 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, you will need to include a translated copy and an affidavit sworn by a certified translator

Note: Completed Foreign Divorce Authorizations are sent to applicants by courier.  It is important that your full mailing address including suite/unit/apartment and buzzer number is included on the marriage licence application form, or the courier package cannot be delivered and returned to the Office of the Registrar General.

Please mail these documents directly to:

Office of the Registrar General
Marriage Office
P.O. Box 4600
189 Red River Road
Thunder Bay ON  P7B 6L8

You can also contact the Office of the Registrar General to have a sample legal opinion letter faxed to your lawyer.

For more information: call 1-800-461-2156 (toll-free).

 

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