Applying for a Marriage Licence
A marriage licence is required for all marriages in Ontario. For current information on requirements for marriage, please visit the following link: https://www.ontario.ca/page/getting-married
Your marriage must be performed by an officiant who is authorized by the Province of Ontario. A list of authorized officiants can be found here: https://data.ontario.ca/dataset/registered-marriage-officiants
Application forms can be picked up at Town Hall or can be downloaded by visiting the following link: https://forms.mgcs.gov.on.ca/en/dataset/007-11018.
Completed applications should be signed by both applicants and emailed to email@example.com, with two pieces of acceptable government issued identification. Identification requirements are included below. If either party has been divorced in Canada, a scanned copy of the original or court certified true copy of the Certificate of Divorce (Form 36B) or Decree Absolute is also required. A divorce judgement (Form 25A) will not be accepted.
After your signed application and supporting documents have been submitted, a member of the Clerk's Department will respond to your request and schedule an appointment. Appointments are available at the Town Hall, located at 97 Hurontario St.
Appointments are required for all marriage licences. Walk-ins will not be accepted. The appointment is to obtain your marriage licence only. The Town of Collingwood is not currently offering civil marriage ceremonies.
The fee for a marriage licence is $150.00, payable at time of pick-up by cash, debit, credit card or cheque.
Each applicant must provide two pieces of acceptable government issued identification from the list below:
- Identification must be valid and original (we will not accept photocopies, scanned images or pictures on electronic devices).
- Identification must provide your legal name and date of birth.
- Your first and last names must match on the two pieces of ID that are presenting.
- To have your middle name(s) included on your marriage licence it must also appear on both pieces of ID.
- ID on the list can be from any country, as long as it is government issued.
- Health cards, S.I.N. cards will not be accepted.
- Expired identification will not be accepted.
- Birth Certificate
- Driver’s Licence
- Ontario Photo Card (Purple photo ID card)
- Certificate of Canadian Citizenship (Canadian Citizenship Card)
- Conditional Release Identification Card
- United States Green Card
- Native Status Card
- Record of Immigration Landing
- Confirmation of Permanent Residency
- Permanent Residency Card
- Citizenship Card
- Identity Card
- Nexus Card
- Firearms Acquisition Certificate (FAC)
- Possession & Acquisition Licence (PAL)
Divorced in Canada
If you were divorced in Canada, you must submit official proof of divorce when you apply for a marrige licence. Official proof of divorce can be in the form of a Certificate of Divorce (Form 36B) or a Final Divorce Decree. Original documents or court certified copies must be provided at the appointment.
If you do not have your divorce documents, you can contact the courthouse where the divorce took place. If you do not know where your divorce was granted, you can contact the Central Registry of Divorce Proceedings at the following link: https://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/fl-df/divorce/crdp-bead.html
Divorced Outside of Canada (Foreign Divorce)
If you were divorced outside of Canada, you will need to obtain a Foreign Divorce Authorization from the Province of Ontario, Office of the Registrar General.
PO Box 4600
189 Red River Road
Thunder Bay ON P7B 6L8
If you were issued a marriage licence between November 1, 2021 and February 24, 2022 the Province of Ontario has granted Royal Assent to legislation allowing for the extension of marriage licences impacted by the States of Emergency to February 24, 2024.