Did you know that a marriage licence is required to get married on Ontario? A marriage licence can be used anywhere in Ontario, and must be used within 90 days from the date it was issued.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Town Hall remains closed to the public until further notice.
However, the town has resumed marriage licence application services by appointment only, with some restrictions in place to ensure the health and safety of applicants and town staff. Appointments will be available Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
You must schedule an appointment to receive your marriage licence. To be eligible for an appointment, please ensure that the intended date of your marriage is finalized and you have an officiant that has agreed to perform the marriage.
If your marriage service is cancelled and you are unable to reschedule, you will need to purchase a new marriage licence if the licence is not used within 90 days from the date it was issued. If your marriage licence was purchased between December 1, 2019 and July 24, 2020 it is valid until July 24, 2022. If it was purchased between July 25, 2020 and September 30, 2020 it is valid for 90 days from the issue date. Licences issued between October 1, 2020 and December 21, 2020 it is valid until February 10, 2023. Licenses issued between January 1, 2021 and June 4, 2021 it is valid until June 4, 2023.
Before town staff schedule your appointment, you will need to answer some eligibility questions by email to ensure that your application can be processed.
When you arrive at Town Hall for your scheduled appointment, you will be required to complete a COVID-19 self-assessment. If you do not successfully meet the screening criteria, you will not be allowed to enter the building and your appointment will be cancelled.
You will receive your marriage licence at the end of your appointment, which usually takes 20 to 30 minutes, if all of your documentation is complete and you provide acceptable identification. No photocopies or scanned documents will be accepted.
To apply for and receive your marriage licence, please follow these steps:
Two pieces of original, current and valid identification must be presented for each applicant at the appointment. One of the acceptable pieces of government-issued ID must include a current photo and signature. Accepted pieces of ID include:
It is very important that the first and last names match exactly on the two pieces of ID that are presented for each applicant (this includes spaces, hyphens and apostrophes). To have your middle name included on your marriage licence, it must also appear on both pieces of ID. Initials used as a first name cannot be accepted.
Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Under-age applicants 16 or 17 years of age, require both parents/guardian to complete Form 6 – Consent of Parent or Guardian to Marriage, which must be completed and signed in front of a Commissioner of Oaths. The applicant must bring this commissioned form to their scheduled appointment.
If you or your partner were previously married and the marriage was dissolved or annulled within Canada, the original or court-certified copy of the Decree Absolute or Certificate of Divorce must be presented with your application when applying for a marriage licence. A divorce judgment or order is not acceptable. If you do not have the Certificate of Divorce, you will need to contact the court where the divorce was granted in order to obtain one. Visit the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General for a full list of Ontario court addresses.
If you or your partner were previously divorced outside of Canada, authorization from the Office of the Registrar General must be obtained before a marriage licence can be issued. Please visit ServiceOntario for more information or send an email to email@example.com.
Given the COVID-19 precautions we have put in place to issue marriage licences in a safe way, only one person is permitted to attend appointments. Interpreter services will be available to the applicant through Language Line if required.
The Town of Oakville is pleased to begin offering civil ceremonies again.
Ceremonies will be available, booked on the hour on Thursdays and Fridays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., schedule permitting, beginning July 8, 2021. The last ceremony would begin at 1 p.m.
In order to ensure that we have adequate time to prepare your ceremony, booking arrangements must occur a minimum of 5 business days prior to your ceremony.
Due to COVID-19 protocols, ceremonies will only be offered outdoors on Town Hall property at the southwest corner of Town Hall and will proceed regardless of weather. Town Hall is currently not open to the public and not accessible to your party.
Your municipal Officiant, the applicants and two witnesses are required. Should you require an interpreter, please indicate this when submitting your formal request. Witnesses and interpreters are required to wear a mask. The couple may do so should they wish.
Two witnesses are required to be present during the ceremony. The witnesses must be a minimum of 14 years of age and should be able to understand and appreciate what is taking place and be able to give evidence of such at a later date, if required.
It is the responsibility of the applicants to provide an interpreter if they do not speak English and/or require language assistance. The interpreter may not be one of the witnesses. The interpreter will be required to sign a form confirming that he/she has accurately interpreted the wedding ceremony.
To request a civil ceremony please provide the following by email to PublicInquiries-Clerks@oakville.ca :
For more information about planning a Wedding on town property, at a location other than at Town Hall, visit our Weddings page.
For information on who can perform religious ceremonies, visit ServiceOntario.
Couples must wait a minimum of 11 to 13 weeks after the marriage ceremony to request the marriage certificate from the Province of Ontario. The province does not send the certificate automatically. This is the legal record of the marriage. The couple must initiate the request for a marriage certificate by visiting the ServiceOntario website. A hard copy of the request form is also available for pickup from our Clerk’s department.