Marriage Requirements for Canada

Ontario

Residency Requirement: None

Necessary Documents: Valid passport (which includes a photo); original, certified birth certificate; photo ID; completed marriage license application; authorization from the Minister of Consumer and Commercial Relations if one or both parties is divorced

Note: You must be at least 18 years old to marry in Ontario. Marriage licenses may be obtained from the issuer of marriage licenses at any municipal office and there is a $110 fee. To obtain authorization when one or both parties is divorced, a marriage license application fully completed and signed by both parties, a certified copy of the decree of divorce or annulment, a statement of sole responsibility for each foreign divorce and signed by both applicants and the legal opinion of a lawyer addressed to both applicants giving reasons why the divorce or annulment should be recognized must be forwarded to the Office of the Registrar General.

For More Info: Government of Ontario at http://www.gov.on.ca/MBS/english/index.html.

British Columbia

Residency Requirement: None

Necessary Documents: Certified birth certificates; photo ID; proof of marital status; certified divorce or death certificates if one or both parties have been previously married

Note: You must be at least 19 years old to marry in British Columbia. Marriage license will be issued by the Marriage License Issuer in their community or from a Marriage License Issuer at any Registry Agent Office at time of application. Fees range from $75-$100 and the license is valid for three months from the time of issuance. The religious representative or Marriage Commissioner who performs the ceremony will help bride and groom complete the necessary Marriage Registration Form. This form must be sent to the Vital Statistics Agency within 48 hours of the marriage by the religious representative or Marriage Commissioner.

For More Info: British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency, (250) 952-2681 or (604) 660-2937, or visit www.vs.gov.bc.ca/marriage/

Alberta

Residency Requirement:: None

Necessary Documents: Passport; birth certificate; certified death or divorce certificates if one or both parties was previously married; names and birthplaces of your parents

Note: You must be at least 18 years old to marry in Alberta. Both parties must apply for marriage license together, in person, at a Marriage License Issuer at any Registry Agent Office. There is a fee and the license is valid for 90 days.

For More Info: Alberta Government Services, (877) 427-4088, or visit www3.gov.ab.ca/gs/.

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