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Marriage Licences

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Marriage Licences are issued by appointment.  To arrange for an appointment to obtain a marriage licence contact either the Lindsay Service Centre or staff within the Clerk’s Office at City Hall at 705-324-9411.

There is a fee of $125.00 for a Marriage Licence and that fee can be paid via cash, debit card or credit card.

A Marriage Licence can only be issued to the applicant and/or the joint applicant after arrangements have been made with the person who will be performing the ceremony.  A Marriage Licence will remain valid for ninety (90) days from the date of issue.

Both applicants must sign the Marriage Licence Application Form. The application can befound on the Ontario.ca website.

Both applicants must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.  Any applicant between the ages of sixteen (16) and seventeen (17) years of age will require the consent of both parents.  Form 6 “Consent of Parent or Guardian to Marriage” is available from staff at either the Lindsay Service Centre or the Clerk’s Office at City Hall.

Both applicants will be required to provide one original piece of government-issued identification (i.e. driver’s licence, passport, birth certificate).  Please note that a health card will not be accepted as a form of identification.  When a marriage licence is issued to one applicant on behalf of both parties, a birth certificate of the absent person will be required.  Please note that if a birth certificate is in a language other than English or French, include a translated copy together with an affidavit sworn by a certified translator.

If the applicant or the joint applicant is a widow or widower, a copy of the death certificate for the deceased spouse will be required.

If the applicant or the joint applicant was divorced within Canada, the original or court-certified copy of the certificate of divorce will be required.  A certified copy of the certificate of divorce may be obtained from the court that granted the divorce.

If the applicant or the joint applicant was divorced outside of Canada authorization from the Ministry of Government Services will be required before a Marriage Licence can be purchased.  To obtain authorization from the Ministry the following documents would need to be sent to the Office of the Registrar General:

  1. A completed Marriage Licence Application.
  2. A Statement of Sole Responsibility for each divorce signed by both parties of this marriage.
  3. An original or court-certified copy (certified by the proper court officer in the jurisdiction the divorce or annulment was granted) of the divorce decree or annulment.  If the decree is in a language other than English or French, include a translated copy together with an affidavit sworn by a certified translator.
  4. A legal opinion from an Ontario lawyer, addressed to both applicants to the marriage, giving reasons why the divorce or annulment should be recognized in the Province of Ontario. The Office of the Registrar General will fax a sample legal opinion letter to your lawyer if you call (807)-343-7492 or toll-free at 1-800-461-2156.

The Office of the Registrar General
Marriage Office
P.O. Box 4600
189 Red River Rd.
Thunder Bay, ON P7B 6L8

If you have questions regarding the authorization that will be required from the Office of the Registrar General please contact staff in the Clerk’s Office at City Hall.

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