A Government issued Ontario Marriage Certificate is required as proof of a legal marriage, to ensure the rights of spouses and children are respected, to apply for certain social benefits, to settle an estate, to change or hyphenate a surname, or to apply for a divorce in Canada.Apply Online
You can apply for an Ontario Marriage Certificate if you are:
Before applying, find out the type and format of the document required by contacting the organization to which you must submit it.
The Marriage Certificate contains basic information such as names, date and place of marriage.
The Certified Copy of Statement of Marriage contains all information registered on the Statement of Marriage including signatures.
A search results in a letter that either confirms the marriage registration exists or that there is no registration. If you don’t know the exact date of the marriage event, choose a year based on the information you may have obtained for this purpose, and write it in the space provided for the date. That whole year will be searched, plus two years before and after, for a total of five years. You may also request a search of additional years, in increments of five years.
Rush Service is not available for delivery outside Canada.
A Marriage Certificate will be issued upon completion of the Marriage Registration. The registration takes approximately 10 weeks from the date of marriage. Rush service is not available for marriages that took place within the last 10 weeks. Please contact the Office of the Registrar General at 1-800-461-2156 (Ontario Only) or 416-325-8305 if you do require a certificate for a recent marriage on a rush basis.
Marriages Prior to 1991:
Marriage Certificate applications where the marriage took place prior to 1991 normally take longer to process and therefore, rush service is not available.
Marriages Prior to 1965:
Marriages prior to 1965 may not be in electronic format. When applying for a Marriage Certificate for a marriage prior to 1965, it can take up to an extra 6-8 weeks for the registration to be converted into electronic format before processing can be completed and therefore, rush service is not available.
Please Note: Fees listed above are inclusive of taxes and shipping costs. Delivery times are approximate and cannot be guaranteed. Applications may be delayed or rejected if inadequate information is provided or if there is a discrepancy between information provided and the government records. If no record of the marriage is found by the Office of the Registrar General, fees will be applied to the search cost and will not be refunded.
If you have not received your Marriage Certificate within the expected timeframe, you may contact the Office of The Registrar General to check the status of your application.
Toll Free: 1-800-461-2156 (Ontario Only)
You can also check the status of your application online.