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Couples wishing to be married in Ontario must complete an application form. Both parties to the marriage must complete the form. The marriage licence will be issued on the same day provided all documentation is complete. The application with the supporting documents listed below, must be submitted in person by either or both of the applicants to the Clerk's Department, which is located at 14 Mill Avenue, Zurich, Ontario N0M 2T0.

Processing of Applications - Appointments Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Licence Fee and Documents

The licence fee is $100, and may be paid by cash, money order, certified cheque, debit card.

Identification - An original birth certificate, Record of Immigrant Landing or Canadian Citizenship Card, plus one (1) piece of photo identification (a valid Passport or a valid Drivers' Licence) are required for both applicants. Documents in another language must be supported by a translation.

Interpreters - If you do not understand or read English, you must provide your own interpreter and he/she must provide identification and cannot be a family member.

Getting Remarried after a Divorce - Canadian Divorce - If a previous marriage was dissolved or annulled within Canada, the original or court certified copy of the Decree Absolute or Certificate of Divorce must be submitted when applying for a marriage licence. A divorce judgement is not acceptable.

Please click on the following link to access the licence application:  Marriage Licence Application

How to get your Certificate of Divorce

The papers you received from your lawyer at the time of your divorce should list the location of the court where the divorce was granted. You need to take your papers with you to the specified courthouse, and they will give you a Certificate of Divorce - usually on the same day. The Service Ontario website contains information on getting remarried after a divorce.

Foreign Divorce

If an applicant has been granted a divorce outside of Canada, authorization from the Minister of Consumer and Commercial Relations must be obtained before a marriage licence may be issued. For details on how to obtain this authorization, visit the "Service Ontario" website or contact the Clerk's Department for additional requirements.

Expiry Date

A marriage licence is valid for use anywhere in Ontario for a period of three (3) months from the date of issue.

Marriage Ceremony - It is your responsibility to arrange the marriage ceremony of your choice.

Age Requirement - Applicants 16 to 17 years of age require parental consent. When the prospective bride or groom is under 18 years, the parents of the under-age person must be in attendance when the licence is being applied for. If only one parent has custody or the person is adopted, then custody or adoption papers must be presented. A form will have to be filled out and the parents must produce photo ID. Visit the Service Ontario website full details.

Blood tests or medical certificates are not required in Ontario.

Residency -There are no residency or citizenship requirements in Ontario.

Frequently Asked Questions About Marriage and Divorce

Do I have to get my marriage licence in the same Town or City that I am getting married in? 

You can get a licence anywhere in Ontario and get married anywhere in Ontario.

How long does it take to get a marriage certificate?

Once the marriage ceremony has taken place, it takes about 10 weeks for the Province to register the marriage. Once it is registered, it takes about six or eight weeks to get the certificate.

What is the difference between the record of marriage and a marriage certificate?

 A marriage certificate is a legal document, acceptable anywhere. The record of marriage is not considered a legal document, it is for record purposes only, and may not be accepted by some institutions.


General Inquiries

p: 519-236-4351 or 1-877-236-4351
f: 519-236-4329

Municipality of Bluewater
Box 250, 14 Mill Ave
Zurich, ON Canada
N0M 2T0

Office Hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm


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