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Marriage Licences

You must be 16 years old and have a valid marriage licence to be married in Ontario. If you are under 18, you require written permission from both parents before you can marry.

Applicants who have divorced must produce official proof of divorce (see For More Information links below).

Application for a marriage licence is done in person at Kingston City Hall and requires payment of a fee. No blood tests are required to apply for a marriage licence. The marriage ceremony can take place immediately after the licence is issued: there is no waiting period.  

You can download and print an application form from the provincial website (see For More Information links below) to bring with you. Both parties must sign the application form and provide identification, though one person can submit the application for both.

The marriage licence is valid for three months.

Following a marriage ceremony, a couple must register their union with the Office of the Registrar General (the official who performed the marriage will do this) and apply for a marriage certificate.

Two types of marriage ceremonies take place in Ontario:

  • A religious ceremony performed by an official from a recognized religious organization.
  • A civil ceremony performed by a judge or person authorized by the province to perform marriages.

There is no civil marriage ceremony available in Kingston.

Marriage between two men and two women is legal in Ontario.

Marriage Certificates

Once a marriage is registered, you may apply for a marriage certificate. In Ontario, a marriage certificate is required to show legal proof of marriage, change a last name, to settle an estate, and to apply for certain social benefits.

You can order a marriage certificate online from the province (see For More Information links below).

For More Information

Marriage Licences
City of Kingston website with a step-by-step guide to applying for a marriage licence in Kingston. Includes information on fees, blood tests, waiting periods, underage applicants, identification required and how to get more information.

Getting Married
Information about the legal age to marry in Ontario, applying for a marriage licence, types of marriages, registering a marriage, marriage certificates and changing your name. Includes a list of religious marriage officiants by municipality and/or name, forms to get married outside Ontario, and a “before you get married” checklist. Marriage licence and certificate applications can be downloaded from this site.

Who can get married in Ontario?
A list of the eligibility requirements to be married in Ontario with links to information on how to get a marriage licence and certificate, same-sex marriage, and how Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) recognizes marriages. Available in Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), French, Gujarati, Pilipino (Tagalog), Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tamil, and Urdu.

Online Certificate Application: Birth, Marriage, Death — ServiceOntario
Apply online for birth, marriage, and death certificates and certified copies of birth, marriage, or death registration.

Will the Canadian government recognize my foreign marriage?
General background for potential immigrants and sponsors on what is considered a legally binding marriage in Canada and how the Canadian government (specifically Citizenship and Immigration Canada [CIC]) evaluates foreign marriages. Available in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Simplified), Farsi, French, Korean, Pilipino (Tagalog), Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tamil, and Urdu.

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