Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get a marriage license?
Due to COVID-19 protocols being in place, the City of Brockville has found it necessary to change the process of issuing a marriage license.
Application Process During COVID
To obtain a marriage license applicants must:
The application must be electronically signed by both applicants by typing your name into the signature field.
If you do not have access to email, paper copies of the application and the required documents can be:
Please indicate your preferred method of communication, email or telephone.
To pick up your license:
Applications will be processed within two working days from time of receipt. We ask for your patience during this time.
Identification Required for Both Persons:
Both parties must have two pieces of proper identification* when applying for a marriage license. Both pieces of identification must include your birthdate, and at least one must include photo identification.
Acceptable forms of identification include:
All forms of identification must be in English or have a certified translation.
*Please note that Ontario Health Cards and Social Insurance Number (SIN) Cards are not acceptable forms of identification to apply for a marriage license.
No person under 16 years of age may be married. Anyone aged 16 or 17 wishing to apply for a marriage licence must have both parents or guardians fill out a consent form at the Clerks department at the time of application, with the exception of applicants who are widowed or divorced.
If a parent or guardian refuses to provide consent, application may be made to a judge for an order dispensing with consent. Contact the Clerks department for additional information.
If either applicant's previous marriage has been dissolved or annulled in Canada, the original certified copy or a certified true copy of the Final Decree, the Final Judgement or a Certificate of Divorce must be submitted to the Issuer of Marriage Licences. A Divorce Order or Decree Nisi is not acceptable. Certified copies can be obtained from the court that granted the divorce. Photocopies will not be accepted.
If either applicant's previous marriage has been dissolved or annulled outside Canada, authorization from the Registrar General's Office is required before a marriage licence may be issued. To obtain this authorization, the applicants, or a lawyer representing them, must submit:
These documents must be submitted to:
The Office of the Registrar General
We recommend you appear in person at the Clerks department to request these forms and obtain additional information.
Widow or Widower
If either applicant is a widow or widower, they are not required to produce a death certificate to obtain a marriage license.
Currently City Hall is not performing marriage ceremonies. Ceremonies may recommence in the fall.
It is important to ensure that your marriage is performed properly and legally. To access lists of religious officials who are registered to perform marriages, check the ServiceOntario website or call 1-800-461-2156.
For more information, contact the City of Brockville or the Office of the Registrar General.
Clerk’s Office City of Brockville
Office of the Registrar General