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: https://www.ontario.ca/page/getting-married
Booking an Appointment
Due to COVID-19, marriage licenses will be issued by appointment ONLY. At this time, appointments will only be scheduled within 2 weeks of your ceremony date . To book your appointment to get your Marriage Licence at City Hall, please call Customer Service at 519-332-0330 Ext 3131, email email@example.com or request an appointment by filling out the form below and we will contact you shortly.
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