Amendments have been made to the Marriage Act to extend the three-month validity period for unused marriage licences purchased between December 1, 2019, and the termination date of the province-wide declaration of emergency made on March 17, 2020, where there has not been a change to critical information on the licence since the date it was issued. Such licences are valid from the date of issuance up to 24 months from the first day following the end of the province-wide emergency.

In the rare instances where couples may have lost or destroyed their unused marriage licence or critical information on the licence is no longer accurate (i.e., either of the applicants has changed their name since the licence was issued, the marital status of either of the applicants has changed), they will be required to obtain a replacement licence without having to pay the provincial fee ($75). Couples should only obtain a replacement licence within three months of their rescheduled wedding.  

Additional information is available on the Service Ontario website:

Des modifications ont été apportées à la Loi sur le mariage afin de prolonger la période de validité de trois mois des licences de mariage non utilisées achetées entre le 1er décembre 2019 et la date de la fin de la situation d’urgence déclarée à l’échelle de la province le 17 mars 2020, dans le cas où aucun changement n’a été apporté aux renseignements essentiels figurant sur la licence depuis la date à laquelle celle-ci a été délivrée. Ces licences sont valides à partir de la date de leur délivrance et pendant 24 mois à compter du premier jour suivant la fin de la situation d’urgence déclarée à l’échelle de la province.

Dans les rares situations où la licence de mariage non utilisée a été perdue ou détruite, ou lorsque les renseignements essentiels figurant sur celle-ci ne sont plus exacts (p. ex. Page 2 sur 3

en cas de changement de nom ou de situation maritale de l’un des futurs époux depuis la délivrance de la licence), les couples devront obtenir une licence de remplacement, qui pourra leur être délivrée sans qu’ils ne doivent s’acquitter des frais provinciaux (75 $). Les couples ne doivent pas demander une licence de remplacement plus de trois mois avant la nouvelle date de leur mariage.

Due to COVID-19, marriage licenses will be issued by appointment ONLY. To book your appointment to get your Marriage Licence at City Hall please call Customer Service at 519-332-0330 Ext 3131, email or request an appointment by filling out the form below and we will contact you shortly.

Please contact us if you have an expired licence, issued from the City of Sarnia, due to COVID-19. Proposed changes to extend the expiry date for most marriage licences issued between December 1, 2019 and the end of the province-wide Declaration of Emergency due to COVID-19 can be found here. News Bulletin on Proposed Extension for Marriage Licenses

Licences will be issued within 14 days of the proposed date of marriage.

Applying for a Marriage Licence

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY

Please be advised that staff responsible for the issuance of marriage licences cannot provide advice regarding the number of guests that are able to attend at your planned wedding. For information regarding social distancing guidelines please consult the Provincial Emergency Order.

Given the current circumstances and changes to administrative practices as a result of COVID-19, appointments may take up to one hour and the following requirements must be met in order for a licence to be issued.

  • One or both of the applicants must attend in person in order to get a Marriage Licence. 
  • It is required that confirmation be provided that an officiant has already been booked, prior to making an appointment.
  • Complete, print and sign the online Marriage Licence Application Form.  
  • Bring the completed Marriage Licence Application Form signed by both applicants, and the required documents with you to your appointment.
  • If you do not attend your appointment with the required information/documents a marriage licence will not be issued to you.

Upon booking, you will be advised of the internal safety protocols that have been put in place.

For more information please visit the City of Sarnia Marriage Licence Page