COVID-19 Update: You may be able to obtain a marriage licence from the Town. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 905-895-5193 Monday to Friday 8 AM to 5 PM and a Customer Service Associate will be able to further assist you. See the Getting Married during COVID-19 page for more information.
Congratulations, you're Getting Married!
To make it legal you'll need a valid Ontario marriage licence before your civil or religious marriage ceremony. You can purchase your marriage licence from the Town of Newmarket or another Ontario municipality with the authority to issue marriage licences. A marriage licence is valid only for marriages taking place in Ontario and expires three (3) months from the date of issue.
To get your licence you'll need to complete a copy of the marriage licence application form.
Both you and your partner will need to complete this form and submit it during your in-person appointment. In addition to this form, we will need each person's supporting identification documents and a licensing fee of $150, payable by cash, Interac, Visa, Mastercard or American Express. For applicants who don't live in Newmarket the licensing fee is $165. We encourage both of you to attend together, however, if only one person can attend they will need the proper documents for the absent person. If all the supporting documents are present at the time of your application, the licence will be issued in about 30 minutes. The Town offers a fee of $555 + HST ($627.15) for any couple that wishes to obtain their marriage licence and hold a civil marriage ceremony with the Town's Officiant
Supporting Identification Documents
Here's what we'll need when you come in to get your licence:
Two (2) pieces of original and current government-issued identification for each person getting married. One piece of identification must include your photo.
The first piece of identification must be one of the following:
- Birth Certificate, (with any applicable change of Name certificate)
- Current Passport
- Record of Immigrant Landing
- Canadian Citizenship Card
The second piece of identification must be photo identification, which can be one of the following:
- Driver's Licence
- Passport (providing it is not used as the first piece of identification)
- Provincial photo I.D.
- Any other Canadian government-issued photo I.D.
Note: If previously married, an original or court-certified copy of the decree absolute or an original Certificate of Divorce is required. Divorce judgements and orders are not acceptable, nor are photocopies.
Further information can be found here and on the ServiceOntario website at https://www.ontario.ca/page/getting-married