Marriage Licences

Couples getting married in Ontario will need a marriage licence. Both parties must be at least 18 years of age.  If you are 16 or 17 years old, you may marry if you have the consent in writing of both parents.  Other restrictions may apply.

Your marriage must be performed by an officiant who is authorized by the province of Ontario to perform marriages properly and legally. Please visit Service Ontario for a list of authorized officiants

Marriage Licence applications may be picked up at the municipal office or by downloading the Marriage Licence Application form from the Ontario Central Forms repository. 

A marriage licence is valid for use anywhere in Ontario, but it will expire three months after the date of issue.

The fee for a marriage licence is $125 and can be paid by cash, debit or cheque.

Please contact either Chandra Alexander at 519-236-4351 ext. 223 or Jodi Overholt at 519-236-4351 ext. 229 or email to book an appointment.

Due to COVID-19 the office is not open to the public, but marriage licences are still being issued with a slight change to the process. 

  • The application is to be submitted electronically (signed by both parties) along with 2 pieces of government issued identification for both (at least one must be photo).  
    • Examples of government issued identification:
      • valid licence
      • birth certificate (including any changes of name certificates)
      • valid passport
      • valid Ontario Photo Card
      • Canadian Citizenship Card
  • If either applicant is divorced, a copy of the divorce certificate must be submitted. 

When you attend the municipal office for the signing, it is required that you bring the original application signed, the identification that was submitted and the divorce certificate (if applicable). 

The cost of the licence is $125 and can be paid by cash, cheque or debit.

Please allow for 15 to 20 minutes for processing, signing and payment. 

It is not necessary for both applicants to attend, but it is required that whoever comes to bring the original identification for both that was submitted with the application.

You may apply for a marriage certificate online at Service Ontario six to eight weeks after your marriage ceremony. 

Municipality of Bluewater
14 Mill Avenue
ZURICH, ON
N0M 2T0
Phone: 519-236-4351
or 1-877-236-4351
Fax: 519-236-4329
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